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October 17, 2017, 9:30 AM

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Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Google Maps to remove test feature for iPhone users that showed how many calories or “mini cupcakes” you would burn if you walked after strong user feedback  —  Google Maps has a new feature for walking directions.  Now, it shows you how many calories you would burn if you walked:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
KRACK WPA2 exploits, which only partially affect iOS, have reportedly been patched in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas  —  Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app tbh, which has had 5M+ downloads and over a billion messages sent in “past few weeks”, will let it continue to run  —  Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram.  Today, Facebook announced it's acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh …
Anna Irrera / Reuters:
PayPal announces over two million US retailers will begin accepting Venmo payments starting this week  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc said more than two million U.S. retailers will be able to accept payments through its mobile app Venmo starting this week, seeking to broaden …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: amazing camera and good speakers, represents the best Android experience, but both have overly functional design and no headphone jack  —  Sharp shooter  —  Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has said virtually the same thing: “It feels like it's made out of plastic.”
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Sources: Apple held talks, that are now over without a deal, to buy Crossover Health, approached One Medical as part of push into health care  —  - It's not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft debuts $1,499+ 13" and $2,499+ 15" Surface Book 2 with Nvidia GeForce GPUs, updated design, up to 17 hours battery; preorder Nov. 9, ships Nov. 16  —  Microsoft's super-flexible systems get potent upgrade.  Alas, still no Thunderbolt 3.  —  Just over two years ago …

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