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September 26, 2017, 11:25 PM

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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Twitter says it's expanding tweet limit to 280 characters from 140 as part of test for some users  —  Twitter's 140-character limit died today after a long battle with Facebook.  It is survived by brands, publishers and personalities, who will miss its insistence on wit and getting to the point.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Chinese regulator: iPhone X has 3GB of RAM, and a 2,716mAh battery, compared to iPhone 8's 1,821mAh battery, and its A11 Bionic chip has clock speed of 2.4GHz  —  Previously unconfirmed details about the internal specifications of Apple's iPhone X appear to have been revealed …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple confirms iPhone 8 crackling earpiece issue affects some devices and says a fix is coming  —  The company acknowledges ‘a small number of cases’  —  Some iPhone 8 owners are running into an issue with the phone's earpiece: when they make a call, the earpiece makes a disruptive …
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
Google acquires Bitium to boost its cloud identity management capabilities  —  Google today announced it is acquiring Bitium.  Financial details were not disclosed, but Bitium will be joining the Google Cloud team.  —  Founded in March 2012, Bitium provides identity and access management …
Anna Edney / Bloomberg:
Verily, Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung are among nine firms chosen for FDA pilot program for faster approval of digital health tools  —  Agency to pre-certify some health technology companies  —  Tech companies have struggled with some health regulations  —  A federal agency that regulates apples wants …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Instagram introduces new safety features, including tool to limit who can comment on posts  —  Instagram is launching a handful of new tools today to combat harassment and help its community members.  —  The first of those is much requested: the ability to limit who can comment on your photos.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Equifax chairman and CEO Richard Smith steps down effective immediately after massive data breach, having spent more than a decade at the company  —  The company's shares were halted pending the news.  —  Equifax chairman and chief executive Richard Smith has stepped down from the embattled …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to create a standalone unit for its shopping unit and require it to bid against rivals for ads, to satisfy EU antitrust concerns  —  Google Shopping must rely on own revenues to bid for ad slots  —  EU gave Thursday deadline for Google to comply with order
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 57 beta, called Firefox Quantum, arrives with major visual overhaul and faster next-generation engine  —  Mozilla today updated the beta version and developer version of its browser to Firefox Quantum.  “Since the version number — 57 — can't really convey the magnitude of the changes we've made …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
T-Mobile acquires Iowa Wireless Service, which has 103 stores and around 75K customers; deal expected to close end-of-year or early 2018  —  T-Mobile announced today that it has acquired the remaining interest of iWireless, a mobile operator previously owned by Aureon that serves customers in Iowa …
Bloomberg:
Behind Google's decision to temporarily ban drug addiction treatment ads on AdWords, which at one time reportedly garnered bids of up to $187 per click  —  In May, scores of people on the front lines of America's opioid crisis packed the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers conference …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vimeo is acquiring live video streaming platform Livestream and launching its own live streaming service, Vimeo Live  —  After abandoning its plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand business earlier this year, IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo announced today that it's acquiring …
Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Trivago acquires German machine learning startup Tripl, which makes tools that recommend itineraries and offers based on a user's social media activity  —  The hotel search engine acquired the German machine-learning startup Tripl, which harnesses users' social media activity to make recommendations.
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon adds Alexa voice control to Music app, available for iOS and Android in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria  —  Amazon is bringing Alexa to its Music app as it tries to challenge Spotify and Apple, leaders in the streaming music industry.  —  The Seattle tech giant announced Tuesday that Alexa …

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