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October 20, 2017, 11:45 PM

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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Project Loon providing limited LTE connectivity in Puerto Rico with AT&T just a couple weeks after getting FCC approval and about a month after Hurricane Maria  —  About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zain Jaffer, CEO of video ad startup Vungle, put on indefinite leave after charges for attempted murder, lewd act on a child, and more; Vungle has raised $25.5M  —  Zain Jaffer, who founded mobile ad firm Vungle and was its CEO until this week, was arrested on Tuesday for attempted murder …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control  —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts to give more weight to subscription-based streaming services and paid tiers of hybrid services starting in 2018  —  Billboard has announced that its Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts — which measure singles and albums, respectively …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Spoke, a help desk automation AI chatbot for businesses, says it has raised a total of $28M from Accel, Greylock, and others since being founded last year  —  - A people-operations staffer at a start-up that has adopted Spoke spends much less time answering her colleagues' questions.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends via PayPal, adds PayPal's first bot for customer service  —  PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning.
Quinn Norton:
Journalist Quinn Norton says author and tech evangelist Robert Scoble sexually assaulted her at an O'Reilly unconference in the early 2010s  —  Foo Camp, the original unconference thrown by O'Reilly every year, is one of my favorite events in the technology world.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Atlas Informatics, a search engine for your digital footprint, says it is shutting down; Atlas raised $20M+ last November  —  Seattle startup Atlas Informatics, led by Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter, plans to shut down and stop offering its search technology as of Oct. 25 …
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Review of Harman Kardon Invoke, a $199 smart speaker with Microsoft's Cortana assistant: great sound, sharp design, but it's twice as costly as Amazon's Echo  —  A smart speaker for Microsoft's world  —  For a company that makes a voice-controlled assistant, it has become table stakes …

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