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September 20, 2017, 6:20 PM

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Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint:
Nest debuts Nest Secure alarm system that has a motion sensor and Nest Tag fob in a $499 pack, an HD video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor, a $349 camera  —  Nest has stepped up its home security efforts.  The Alphabet-owned company is live in San Francisco, where it has announced …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Apple says Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has cellular connectivity issue caused by watch trying to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks, exploring software fix  —  The “handoff” isn't working like it's supposed to  —  Apple's new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Sheryl Sandberg:
Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly  —  Last week we temporarily disabled some of our ads tools following news reports that slurs or other offensive language could be used as targeting criteria for advertising.
Financial Times:
Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products  —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement”, amid rumors of an acquisition by Google  —  All eyes on Google  —  HTC, one of Taiwan's premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem …
Bloomberg:
Source: Google is close to buying HTC assets to bolster its hardware business; a report says Google will buy HTC's mobile phone design operations for ~$330M  —  Phone business has changed since Google jettisoned Motorola  —  Features like augmented reality require more hardware control
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Android One launches in the US with Moto X4, available on Project Fi at $399  —  Back in June, Project Fi unceremoniously announced via Twitter that a mid-tier device that supports Google's MVNO service would be coming soon.  This was in line with our reporting from earlier in the year …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Equifax customer service, tweeting from @Equifax, accidentally directed customers to a critic's phishing site for over a week in at least three Twitter replies  —  Earlier this month, hackers broke into Equifax's servers and stole 143 million people's personal information, including their Social Security numbers.
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Steam introduces histogram to user reviews section to help users identify “review bombing”, where large number of users flood games' pages with negative reviews  —  The customer review is a relatively young form of criticism, but consumers have already unlocked some of its creative power …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
A list of some of the ARKit-enabled iOS apps now available in the App Store  —  With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:

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