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October 4, 2017, 1:39 PM

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Made by Google:
Live stream of Google's October 4 event  —  There's something new to love on October 4th.
The Verge:
Live blog of Google's October 4 event, where new Pixel phones, Home Mini, Daydream View VR headset refresh, 2-in-1 Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen are expected  —  The Verge is on the ground for Google's October 4th event, where the company is expected to announce its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google debuts Home Mini with four LED lights under fabric exterior in three colors, available as $49 preorder, shipping October 19  —  It's a small, stone-shaped smart speaker  —  Google announced a smaller companion to its Google Home smart speaker today, called the Home Mini.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Pixelbook two-in-one has 235ppi 12.3" display, uses 360° hinge, weighs 1kg, is 10mm thick, up to 16GB of RAM; pen has angular awareness of 60°, 10ms of latency  —  The Chromebook Pixel brand for Google's most high-end and costly Chromebooks is dead, but you can now say hello to its replacement: the Pixelbook.
Business Insider:
European Commission orders Amazon to pay back about €250M in taxes to Luxembourg, saying it had been given “sweetheart” tax advantage since 2003  —  - Amazon has been ordered to pay €250 million (£221 million, $294 million) by the European Commission over its taxes.
Sam Shead / Business Insider:
European Commission says it's taking Ireland to court for failing to collect €13B from Apple in back taxes identified in Aug. 2016, says no money has been paid  —  The European Commission, the EU's competition watchdog, is taking Ireland to court for failing to collect billions of euros …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sonos announces it is rolling out Alexa support for all its current models in a public beta  —  Sonos announced today that its Alexa support, which has been in a limited private beta for months at this point, is finally rolling out to all current-model Sonos speakers in a public beta.
Paul Carroll / DxOMark:
DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy Note8 camera quality matches iPhone 8 Plus with overall score of 94, video quality lags behind iPhone 8 Plus, HTC U11, and Google Pixel  —  The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 “phablet” joins the growing number of dual-cam smartphones.  The Note 8 features two 12MP sensors …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Alphabet's DeepMind launches new Ethics and Society research unit to help technologists put ethics into practice, brings in advisers from academia and charity  —  Firm brings in advisers from academia and charity sector to ‘help technologists put ethics into practice’ in bid to help society cope with artificial intelligence
Dan Primack / Axios:
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Evan Spiegel says Snap has sold about 150K Spectacles so far  —  - Snap CEO Spiegel spoke to author Walter Isaacson at Vanity Fair's fourth annual New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills, California.  — Spiegel's comments on Tuesday indicated that Spectacles unit sales are now higher …

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