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November 18, 2016, 5:35 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple offers qualified users $150 repairs for iPhone 6 Plus devices with “touch disease” or unresponsive screens, will give refunds to users who have paid more  —  Apple today launched a new repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, addressing complaints about a manufacturing issue …
Will Hobson / Washington Post:
DraftKings and FanDuel agree to merge; DraftKings CEO Jason Robins to run the new company, and FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles to become chairman of the board  —  DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest companies in the daily fantasy sports market that exploded into national consciousness last fall …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
AT&T customers will be able to send messages via Echo after Amazon adds the Send Message skill to Alexa on November 19  —  Alexa's on a quite a roll of late.  Amazon's AI assistant is adding new skills all the time, and this week the company's adding one of its highest profile partners.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Studio review: impressive screen and design, old CPU and GPU a slight letdown, Dial needs more app support, but overall the device is good for artists  —  Touch, pen, and Dial all in one display  —  The last desktop PC I owned was a 2009 iMac.  I now use a laptop every day for work …
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Amazon expanding Prime Video worldwide in December, promoting the expansion through the show The Grand Tour from former Top Gear hosts  —  Until now, Amazon's streaming video service has mostly been a nice add-on to sweeten the deal on its Prime subscription plan, which grants customers quicker shipping …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Heptio, founded by ex-Google Kubernetes founders, launches with $8.5M Series A led by Accel Partners to bring Kubernetes to the enterprise  —  For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of the project's founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie.
Jane McCallion / IT PRO:
Three UK says nearly 134K customers were affected by hack, but no bank details, passwords, pin numbers, payment or credit/debit card information was accessed  —  Names, addresses and other information may have been accessed by criminals  —  Nearly 134,000 customers of the Three mobile network …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Any.Do adds real-time sync, integrated calendars, and a personal assistant for select users to its app, available on iOS now and Android soon  —  Plus a calendar and real-time sync  —  Any.do is releasing a powerful new version of its popular to-do app.  Available first on iOS and coming soon …

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