October 5, 2017, 3:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: hackers stole NSA data on US offensive and defensive cyber capabilities from a contractor's laptop in 2015, likely via Kaspersky software  —  The breach, considered the most serious in years, could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Netflix is raising prices in US starting today: standard $9.99 plan will be $10.99/month; premium $11.99 plan will be $13.99/month; $7.99 plan does not change  —  Netflix will raise prices for its US subscribers starting Thursday, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Edge for Android and iOS in beta and relaunches Arrow Launcher for Android as Microsoft Launcher in public preview  —  If you want more proof that Microsoft is embracing Android and iOS, boy, do we have it for you today.  The company has launched Edge for iOS in preview …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is testing its own delivery service called Seller Flex; trial began this year in West Coast states, with broader rollout planned in 2018  —  Online retailer would deliver from other merchants' warehouses  —  Trial program underway on West Coast before national expansion
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple updates High Sierra with fix for APFS Disk Utility flaw that revealed password instead of hint and Keychain vulnerability that let apps dump passwords  —  Apple today released a supplemental update to macOS Sierra 10.13, the first update to the macOS High Sierra operating system that was released to the public in late September.
Inside Apple and Qualcomm's billion dollar patent war, during which Apple stopped paying $2B a year in royalties to Qualcomm  —  IPhone season, that extravaganza of novelty and surprise, began in mid-September with a two-hour-long presentation at Apple Inc.'s brand-new, spaceshiplike campus.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Lenovo unveils limited edition 25th anniversary ThinkPad, styled on IBM's original, with Intel Kaby Lake i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, starting at $1,899  —  IBM's first ThinkPad debuted exactly 25 years ago today, with a bright red TrackPoint nub and a classic design that still exists in a modern form.
Surur / MSPoweruser:
Now-deleted Microsoft Store listing said Harmon Kardon Cortana-powered speaker will cost $200 with six months of free Skype calls, on sale October 22  —  The official store listing for the Harman Kardon Invoke has leaked, and with it comes the final price of the smart speaker.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
First look at Google Home Mini and Max: both sound good, no distortion with full volume on Max, which has impressive wake word detection even over loud music  —  Smart speakers that do the obvious things  —  Not 10 minutes after Amazon's surprise announcement of new Echo devices last week …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests button to provide additional context on links in News Feed, such as the publisher's Wikipedia entry, trending information, and related articles  —  Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Mattel says it's canceling its AI-powered Aristotle smart hub for kids after privacy and childhood development concerns  —  This post has been updated.  —  Mattel said Wednesday that it will not move forward with plans to sell a kid-focused smart hub, after new executives decided it did not …

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