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October 18, 2017, 8:10 AM

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Erin Griffith / Wired:
Internal email details Twitter's plans to update rules on abuse, including expanding reporting options, hiding hate symbols behind warnings, more  —  WHEN TWITTER COULD take credit for revolutionary political movements like the Arab Spring, it was easy for the company's executives to joke about their liberal stance on free speech.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google unveils first SoC, called Pixel Visual Core, for accelerating HDR+ processing, available on Pixel 2 phones; its API will be open to developers soon  —  The Pixel Visual Core is a big deal  —  One thing that Google left unannounced during its Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Magic Leap closes $502M round of funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek; return backers include Alibaba, Google, Fidelity, JPMorgan venture arms  —  Magic Leap, the secretive “mixed reality” startup, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $502 million in new venture capital funding led …
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets 360:
WhatsApp to roll out real-time location sharing to Android and iOS users in coming weeks  —  WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, is giving its over 1 billion users another reason to keep coming back to the app multiple times a day: live location sharing.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: internal Microsoft database for tracking critical bugs in its software, which contained descriptions of unfixed flaws, was hacked in 2013  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab, announces she's leaving the firm within next “several months” after joining 18 months ago  —  Dugan is departing after just 18 months to “lead a new endeavor.”  —  Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook's secretive hardware …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Major features in Windows 10's latest update: OneDrive Files on Demand, MyPeople app to keep in touch with friends via taskbar, mixed reality headset support  —  Microsoft's next major Windows 10 release for 2017, the Fall Creators Update, doesn't make any huge waves.  But you might have gathered that from its name alone.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim  —  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was suspended by the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.
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Wall Street Journal:
Cruise Automation CEO announces GM will deploy fleet of Chevrolet Bolts early next year in 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan  —  GM to deploy fleet of Chevrolet Bolts early next year in five-square-mile section of lower Manhattan  —  General Motors Co. GM -.26% plans to become …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon opens up Alexa's list feature, letting users create a list for any purpose  —  Amazon today announced it's improving one of Alexa's most-used features: lists.  The company is expanding both the Shopping list and To-Do list functionality to allow Alexa device owners to create …

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