October 31, 2016, 10:15 PM

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Study co-authored by MIT professor finds Uber drivers in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men  —  Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google discloses actively exploited Windows vulnerability just 10 days after reporting it to Microsoft  —  Google today shared details about a security flaw in Windows, just 10 days after disclosing it to Microsoft on October 21.  To make matters worse, Google says it is aware …
Kori Schulman / The White House:
New president to get @POTUS on Twitter, White House on Facebook and Instagram, with clean timelines; Obama's accounts will be archived and accessible to public  —  Summary: Take a look at how we plan to preserve and pass on the digital history of the Obama administration.
Milen Dzhumerov /
Apple's apparent disinterest in supporting users with compute-intensive and memory-intensive applications risks alienating developers across all its platforms  —  It has taken me some time to collect my thoughts on the state of the Mac platform.  My feelings have been developing over several years …
IDC: Q3 tablet shipments down 14.7% YoY to 43M, as low-cost detachables, tablets reach record sales; iPad Air, Mini make up over two thirds of Apple's shipments  —  The worldwide tablet market continued its slump as vendors shipped 43 million units in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16) …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Thiel defends Trump donation: says lewd tape was poor taste, doesn't back policies like Muslim ban with religion test, and his business relationships are intact  —  It was a lot.  —  Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel is a vocal and financial supporter of Donald Trump; he is also the man who helped bankrupt Gawker media.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
GIF search engine Giphy raises $72M in new funding, now has a valuation of about $600M according to the WSJ, bringing total raised to just short of $151M  —  Giphy, the NY-based search engine and platform for GIFs, has raised $72 million in funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners and China Media Capital.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica UK:
Hacking group Shadow Brokers share what they allege to be hundreds of orgs hacked by NSA with IP addresses of the compromised devices in a post on Medium  —  Shadow Brokers—the name used by a person or group that created seismic waves in August when it published some of the National Security Agency's …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
CenturyLink to buy Level 3 Communications for $34B in cash, stock deal, which values Level 3 at 42% above its stock price before reports of acquisition surfaced  —  CenturyLink Inc. agreed to buy Level 3 Communications Inc. for about $34 billion cash and stock in a deal that will create …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Toyota debuts Smart Key Box, a device that lets smartphones unlock and start cars via bluetooth; tests begin next year with P2P car-sharing service Getaround  —  Smart Key Box will help make car-sharing easier  —  Toyota is jumping into the increasingly crowded car-sharing market …

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