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October 19, 2017, 10:55 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Watch customers in China no longer able to sign up for cellular connection service, analysts say likely due to government concerns over tracking users  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. AAPL -0.44% has another headache in China: this time with its latest watch.
New York Times:
Ex-Clinton campaign adviser Marc E. Elias is helping tech companies, including Facebook and Google, to lobby over regulatory scrutiny related to Russian ads  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators will move on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Nielsen announces it is providing Netflix viewer data to clients, based on audio recognition in 44K homes in US; Netflix disputes accuracy  —  In the five years since Netflix started streaming original series like the Emmy-winning “House of Cards” and “Master of None,” the shows …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
Interviews reveal how Chinese authorities surveil citizens of its Xinjiang region using AI, iris scanning, and more developed by private firms  —  Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Sonos One review: better sound than Google Home or original Echo, Alexa integration, works with most music services, but setup process is a bit complicated  —  When Sonos released the Play:5 speaker in late 2015, the Amazon Echo was still an unproven tech curiosity.
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 input  —  The company's latest AlphaGo AI learned superhuman skills by playing itself over and over  —  Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind …

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