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November 18, 2016, 8:15 AM

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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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
AT&T customers will be able to send messages via Echo as Amazon adds 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.
Katrina Brooker / Vanity Fair:
Airbnb launches 500+ guide-led experiences called Trips, available in-app to guests; initial set includes samurai lessons in Japan, running in Kenya, more  —  Airbnb shook up the hotel business by giving anyone with a spare bed and a mobile phone a way to start a business.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for neo-Nazi ad, blaming automated system for error  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for running an ad sponsored by a white supremacist group in violation of its own policies.  —  Dorsey blamed Twitter's automated system …
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.
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 …
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 …
Nick Nguyen / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox launches Focus, a free browser for iOS which focuses on privacy by blocking many trackers by default  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Firefox Focus - a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS.  —  We live in an age where too many users have lost trust …
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, known for combatting Edward Snowden, resigns ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration  —  Clapper will stay on until end of Obama administration, marking end to turbulent tenure defined by Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
President Barack Obama weighs in on fake news, warning it could poison politics so that “we won't know what we're fighting for”  —  President Barack Obama weighed in on the growing debate over fake news, warning that it could poison politics to the point that “we won't know what we're fighting for.”
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Domino's begins delivering pizza by drone to customers within a 1.5 km radius of one store in New Zealand, in partnership with drone company Flirtey  —  It's a brave new world—for pizza.  —  For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino's pizza is now just a short drone delivery away.

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