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October 5, 2017, 2:50 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
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram starts rolling out feature to enable users to post Instagram Stories directly to Facebook Stories  —  Facebook Stories might not be a ghost town for long.  After testing in Portugal last month, TechCrunch spotted the option to syndicate your Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories appearing to US users.

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Here They Come: A Look At The Future Of Cities In The Internet Age  —  The purpose of the report is to highlight and draw lessons from cities that are actively pursuing a greater integration of technology into their economies, environments, and policymaking.
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