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October 18, 2017, 4:44 PM

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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.
James Vincent / The Verge:
DeepMind's new Go-playing AI wins 90% of time against version of AlphaGo that beat world champ, trained solely by reinforcement learning without human games  —  The company's latest AlphaGo AI learned superhuman skills by playing itself over and over  —  Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind …
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:
Twitter took 11 months after being notified by GOP to shut down a fake Twitter account with 136K+ followers run by a Russian troll farm, posing as Tennessee GOP  —  The account was one of hundreds created by Russia's Internet Research Agency and drew 136,000 followers by tweeting divisive messages …
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Samsung and Google partner to bring ARCore platform to Samsung devices beyond the Galaxy S8  —  Google and Samsung team up as augmented reality partners to take on Apple  —  Today, Samsung and Google announced a partnership to bring Google's new ARCore framework to Samsung's line of Galaxy smartphones …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook officially starts rolling out its discovery-focused “Explore Feed” on desktop and mobile  —  Facebook's tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms.  Previously available on mobile devices …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Adobe turns Lightroom CC into a new cloud photography service, providing 1TB of storage with support for RAW images, and introduces new pricing plans  —  Adobe's annual Adobe MAX conference kicks off today, and the company is introducing a whole slew of updates to its Creative Cloud platform.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Apple partners with General Electric to develop industrial mobile apps for managing machinery, factories, and power plants  —  Businesses want same experiences as consumers, executive says  —  Apple makes GE's Predix its preferred industrial platform  —  General Electric Co. is teaming …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
eBay narrowly beats Q3 estimates with $2.4B revenue, up 9% YoY, as GMV rises 8% YoY to $21.7B; StubHub revenue reaches $275M, up 5% YoY  —  eBay is not having a great afternoon after posting a pretty ho-hum third quarter that fit roughly in line with analyst estimates, but perhaps not seeing …
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan Chase to acquire online payment startup WePay; source says deal is for more than WePay's 2015 valuation of ~$220M  —  WePay, which serves e-commerce and crowdfunding customers, was valued at roughly $220 million in a 2015 fundraising  —  J.P. Morgan Chase JPM -.22% & Co …
Erin Griffith / Wired:

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