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November 7, 2016, 4:30 PM

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Reuters:
Samsung says it will launch AI assistant with seamless third party integrations on Galaxy S8, expand voice-assistant services to appliances and wearables  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it would launch an artificial intelligence digital assistant service for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone …
BBC:
Tesco Bank, the lending arm of the UK's biggest grocer, halts online payments after money was stolen from 20K accounts  —  Tesco Bank has halted online payments for current account customers after money was taken from 20,000 accounts.  —  The bank's chief executive Benny Higgins told the BBC he was …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Android Auto app update allows interface to be displayed on the smartphone, allowing use in any car, but some features like Waze support are missing  —  Apple, take note  —  During Google's annual developers conference this past spring, the company teased a version of its Android Auto software …
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
China passes controversial cybersecurity law that restricts online anonymity, requires local data storage, and vague “technical support” to aid law enforcement  —  The Chinese government has passed new cybersecurity regulations Nov. 7 that will put stringent new requirements on technology companies operating in the country.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google will display election results in search as polls close, including presidential, House, Senate, and gubernatorial races, as well as state-level referenda  —  Google has been highly involved with connecting U.S. voters to timely information throughout this election cycle …
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Researchers demo weakness in ZigBee wireless protocol and Philips Hue, replacing lightbulb firmware from 350 meters away with worm that spreads across devices  —  Surprise!  The Internet of Things is a security nightmare.  Anyone who was online a few weeks ago can attest to that.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Gmail for iOS updated with undo send, instant search, faster navigation, and swipe to archive or delete; is now on par with the Android version  —  Google wants its services to be on as many devices as possible — to meet that goal, the company has been putting out excellent versions of its apps on the iPhone for years now.
Bloomberg:
China's LeEco facing cash crunch according to its chairman Jia Yeuting in a letter to employees a few weeks after ambitious US launch  —  ‘We blindly sped ahead,’ co-founder Jia Yueting says in letter  —  Shares in LeEco group's companies plunge on news of struggles
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Comcast's NBCUniversal will handle ad sales for Apple News in exclusive deal starting in January; Apple says Apple News now has over 70M unique users  —  It's an exclusive deal, but publishers can still sell their own.  —  Apple is bringing in help to boost its News app.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Pandora aims to increase the percentage of its US employees of color to 45% by 2020, up from 35% today  —  Publicly traded digital radio company Pandora today announced new commitments for diversity.  —  Most significantly, the company intends to raise the percentage of U.S. employees of color …

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