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September 27, 2017, 2:40 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Amazon unveils new Echo with smaller design, cloth surface and multiple color options, improved speakers, multi-room audio, for $99.99 or $250 for three  —  A smaller, more powerful voice device  —  Amazon introduced a second-generation version of the Echo today with a dedicated bass tweeter and a modified, shorter design.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Amazon debuts updated Fire TV with 4K and HDR support, Dolby Atmos integration, 2160p video at 60 frames per second, available for $69 preorder today  —  And it's tiny, too  —  Amazon today introduced a new Fire TV with HDR and 4K capabilities, which marks the first time the device has offered the higher-resolution video.
More: TechCrunch and Engadget
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon announces Echo Buttons that link with Echo for playing games like trivia, available for $20 as a two-pack  —  Amazon announced a new member to its Echo family, called Echo Buttons, designed to offer physical interaction with other Echo devices, specifically for use in playing family games.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple publishes updated privacy page and white paper on Face ID, detailing security measures  —  A new technical paper sheds light on Apple's facial recognition system  —  Today, Apple published a newly refreshed privacy page.  With it came the most new information the company has released …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Ford and Lyft announce partnership to develop and test autonomous vehicle designs and tech, with aim of putting Ford's self-driving vehicles on Lyft's network  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For Lyft, winning the race to create the first fully self-driving vehicles on the road is a far from lonely pursuit.
Tony Romm / Recode:
In tweets, President Trump accuses Facebook of always being “anti-Trump” and questions whether it colluded with newspapers and TV networks  —  President Donald Trump charged on Wednesday that Facebook was “always” opposed to him, suggesting it is part of a network of “collusion” …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook on efforts to defend German election: deleted tens of thousands of fake accounts in preceding month, Related Articles for different views, Election Hub  —  Facebook may have dropped the ball with the U.S. presidential election, but it was much better prepared for last weekend's federal election in Germany.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
AWS Pinpoint, which lets developers send and manage push notifications, introduces two-way SMS messaging  —  Apparently the two-way texting feature was launched last week, but hadn't been properly announced by AWS.  —  Amazon Web Service's Pinpoint tool is now offering global SMS two-way text messaging.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple confirms iPhone 8 and 8 Plus crackling earpiece issue that affects “small number” of 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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cloudflare launches Stream, a service for sites and apps that want to build businesses hosting and streaming videos, combining encoding, delivery, and player  —  Cloudflare has made a name for itself as a content delivery platform and security company, offering services to help keep websites up and running …
More: Cloudflare BlogThanks:@yurieeka
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Lidar sensor startup Luminar announces that Toyota Research Institute is using their sensors in the newest version of TRI's autonomous platform  —  It's a vote of confidence for lidar maker Luminar, facing competition from behemoths like Velodyne.  —  A startup that makes a key sensor …
More: TechCrunch and Wired

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