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October 11, 2017, 2:10 PM

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook unveils Oculus Go, a new $199 standalone wireless VR headset, shipping early next year with Gear VR support, integrated spatial audio, and new optics  —  Onstage at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new mobile headset called Oculus Go.
Oculus:
Facebook drops Oculus Rift's price with bundled Touch controllers to $399  —  Summer of Rift had a major impact on the VR industry, and the community's response showed that the appetite for best-in-class VR hardware and games is stronger than ever.  We want to continue getting VR into more people's hands …
New York Times:
Sources: after hacking Kaspersky's network in 2014, Israel told NSA that it found Russian spies using Kaspersky software to search for US intel docs  —  It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Amazon unveils new waterproof Kindle Oasis with a 7-inch screen and support for Audible audiobooks, available to order now starting at $249.99, ships October 31  —  We called Amazon's last Kindle Oasis “the perfect e-reader for the one percent.”  That still describes the new Oasis, which Amazon is officially unveiling today.
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
In an interview focusing on augmented reality, Tim Cook says the technology doesn't exist to make quality AR smart glasses  —  In a wide-ranging interview, the CEO of the biggest tech company in the world explains how AR will change our lives, and why he thinks the world is actually getting better
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India's Uber rival Ola raises $1.1B led by Tencent, says it's close to finalizing a $2.1B round, which source says would give company a $7B post-money valuation  —  It's been a long while coming but Uber's chief rival in India is finally raising a big round, and joining the billion-dollar round club at the same time.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google rolls out patch to partially fix bug that caused Google Home Minis to repeatedly record, transmit audio to company, says it is working on a long-term fix  —  When the first home assistants were announced, I was excited.  A device I could wake up with a simple hotword that would answer my questions …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber faces at least five criminal probes from US DoJ, two more than previously reported, including possible violation of price-transparency laws  —  Shortly after taking over Uber Technologies Inc. in September, Dara Khosrowshahi told employees to brace for a painful six months.
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Cyngn (formerly Cyanogen), which raised $115M to build a more open flavor of Android, pivots to self-driving technology  —  Cyngn, a Silicon Valley startup that raised $115 million to build a more open flavor of the Android mobile operating system, has changed course and is now working on autonomous driving technology.
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Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Alibaba says it will invest $15B+ over three years in R&D in AI and other emerging tech, will set up research labs in China, US, Russia, Israel, and Singapore  —  - Alibaba announced it will invest more than $15 billion over the next three years in a global research and development program

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