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October 10, 2017, 3:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple strikes deal with Steven Spielberg to reboot Amazing Stories, an 80s sci-fi series, in its first major foray into creating original content  —  Director's Amblin Television, NBCUniversal TV production unit to make new episodes of sci-fi series from the 1980s
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Snapchat debuts context cards to let you hail rides, book tables, and more by swiping up on some Snaps; partners include Foursquare, OpenTable, and Lyft  —  I don't know I've reached Snap's global headquarters until I am standing in front of them, leaning on the handle of my rolling suitcase and puzzling over a map app.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Nvidia unveils Pegasus computing platform for level 5 fully autonomous cars, delivering over 320 trillion operations per second, over 10x its predecessor  —  No steering wheels, no pedals, no mirrors  —  Nvidia, one of the world's best known manufacturers of computer graphics cards …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft brings Cortana into Skype, over a year after first announcing the integration, to offer in-context assistance within chats, such as restaurant options  —  Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana has finally arrived in Skype.  Announced at last year's Microsoft Build 2016 event …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Nokia says it will stop work on future versions of its Ozo VR camera and cut up to 310 staff, or about 30% of its workforce, in its Nokia Technologies unit  —  In an abrupt about-face, Nokia said Tuesday it will halt work on future versions of its Ozo virtual reality camera and cut …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter says it's working on a bookmarking tool allowing users to save tweets to a dedicated section of the product  —  A “save for later” option is coming to Twitter.  —  The company is working on a bookmarking tool that will allow you to save Tweets and return to them in a dedicated section the product …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter adds “Happening Now” feature to timelines on Android and iOS to group tweets by events, starts with sports and will expand to TV and breaking news  —  Twitter is adding a “Happening Now” feature that will group tweets by event, the company announced today.
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Cloud-based digital payments platform Bill.com raises $100M led by JP Morgan Chase and Temasek  —  Bill.com, a cloud-based payments platform for U.S. businesses, announced today that it has raised an additional $100 million to digitize payments.  JP Morgan Chase and Temasek co-led the round …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Zuckerberg-backed Andela raises $40M to train African software developers and connect them with US tech firms  —  When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical.  A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Virtual reality remote desktop app Bigscreen raises $11M Series A, led by True Ventures  —  Big screens apparently mean big money.  —  Virtual reality remote desktop app Bigscreen has added $11 million in Series A funding to its pocketbooks as it looks to weather some waning investor interest …
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Reuters:
Russia's central bank says it will block websites selling crypto-currencies as Putin says crypto-currencies are risky and used for crime  —  SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday crypto-currencies were risky and used for crime, as Russia's central bank …
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Dell says it will invest $1B in R&D for IoT over three years and creates new division focused on IoT  —  Dell Technologies says the Internet of things is forcing computing into a more decentralized model with more power at the edge.  —  Dell Technologies launched a new Internet …

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