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October 4, 2017, 2:40 PM

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DxOMark:
DxOMark gives Pixel 2's camera a record score of 98, four points above iPhone 8 Plus and Note8; Pixel 2's 12MP sensor has f/1.8 aperture, Dual-Pixel Autofocus  —  The Google Pixel 2 is the top-performing mobile device camera we've tested, with a record-setting overall score of 98.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel 2 and 2 XL hands-on: solid design with standard internals, amazing camera that supports Motion Photos, AR stickers; Active Edge takes some getting used to  —  A pragmatic design and a promising camera  —  For a majority of the 10 years smartphones have been mainstream, phone makers have been copying each other's designs.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Pixel 2 XL with 2880x1440 6" pOLED display, Active Edge tech, Snapdragon 835, 64/128GB storage, 8/12MP cameras, IP67; preorder today for $849  —  Google unveiled the new Pixel 2 XL smartphone today, and the early leaks proved pretty much accurate: It's a larger screened smartphone …
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.
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 …
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Google debuts Clips, a $249 camera with 12MP, 130° FOV that uses AI to automatically take photos, 8GB storage, 3hr battery life with constant use, no ship date  —  This is Google's new camera.  It's called Google Clips.  —  Wait, but what do you mean it automatically takes candid photos?
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
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google debuts Pixel Buds, wireless earbuds with real-time translation, in 3 colors for $159; Android users on Nougat or higher can pair by just opening the case  —  Google-branded earbuds are coming.  The company announced at its annual hardware event today that it'll be releasing truly wireless earbuds …

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Microsoft:
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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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