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October 30, 2016, 11:50 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
MacBook Pro is a hybrid system where modified watchOS on ARM-based T1 securely runs Touch Bar, Apple Pay, Touch ID, and more, while Intel CPU handles macOS  —  When will Apple ship a MacBook with an ARM processor?  This is a question that has been top of mind for observers of the company ever since …
Owen Williams / Charged Tech:
Apple's latest Macbook Pros show the company is turning its back on its core customers  —  Last night's Apple event was bizarre—I had been anticipating this show for a while, mostly looking forward to being able to stop telling people not to buy a Mac, because everything was so outdated.
Matt Mullenweg:
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg accuses Wix of copying WordPress for its mobile app, skirting GPL requirements of attribution and public release of code  —  Anyone who knows me knows that I like to try new things — phones, gadgets, apps.  Last week I downloaded the new Wix (closed, proprietary, non-open-sourced, non-GPL) mobile app.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla announces Project Quantum, an effort to develop a faster browser engine that will power Firefox beginning in 2017  —  Mozilla hopes to speed up its browser so much by the end of 2017 that the today's complex, interactive websites will feel completely different.
Jason Costa / GGV Capital:
Comparing how Twitter and Slack managed their API ecosystems, and why Twitter, which let developers replicate core functionality, stumbled  —  Opening up an API is a big commitment, one that needs to be managed well over time in order to ensure a healthy and thriving ecosystem.
David Pogue / Yahoo! Finance:
GoPro Karma drone review: simple controller, easy to fly, comes with a detachable camera mount, but lacks autonomous features like collision avoidance  —  Over the years, people have attached GoPro (GPRO) cameras to everything.  Thanks to an enormous variety of mounting brackets …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Comma.ai cancels Comma One after receiving NHTSA letter asking for detailed information about the $1K self-driving kit  —  Renowned iPhone hacker turned entrepreneur George Hotz (aka geohot) has cancelled his autonomous driving startup's first official product, the Comma One aftermarket add …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Vine struggled to monetize and compete with Instagram and Snapchat amid executive churn, while failing to find strategic benefits for Twitter  —  Closing the loop  —  The thing about Vine becoming the internet's premiere tool for making short-form videos is that it happened almost completely by accident.
Naomi Tajitsu / Reuters:
Report: Toyota's investment fund has invested around $10M in car-sharing startup Getaround  —  Toyota Motor Corp on Friday said it has invested in U.S. car-sharing company Getaround, a move that comes as global automakers seek to shore up their presence in new technology sectors amid growing competition from transport startups.

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