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November 18, 2016, 12:15 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 …
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, design but year-old CPU and GPU are a slight letdown; overall good for artistic use, but Dial needs more app support  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
UK mobile company Three confirms data breach, says names, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates accessed; sources say breach could affect data of 6M customers  —  One of Britain's biggest mobile phone companies has admitted to a major cyber-security breach which could put the personal data of millions of customers at risk.
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 …

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