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October 22, 2017, 9:00 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Essential Phone price drops $200 to $499, a few months after its debut; current US customers get online credit toward other Essential purchases  —  Essential has an offer that's honestly very hard to refuse: The price of the Essential Phone (PH-1, going by technical model number), is now $200 cheaper, so $499 off-contract and unlocked.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
AT&T says it has restored service to 60% of Puerto Rico's population, launches limited LTE connectivity in remote areas in partnership with Project Loon  —  About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance …
Sophie Daniel / Motherboard:
Physical penetration tester and infosec consultant on how she uses social engineering to gain access into high security facilities  —  Sophie is a physical penetration tester and information security consultant.  She specializes in social engineering security assessments including physical, voice (vishing) and text (phishing).
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Profile of David Hall, CEO and founder of Velodyne, who designed the rotating LIDAR system now used by 13 automakers and at least 22 big tech firms  —  No matter what it took, David Hall was going to kill that clown.  He maneuvered Drillzilla for another ramming run.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine's founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app  —  “It's a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.”  That's how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire meets Facebook Live.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober  —  Venture capitalists Dave McClure, Justin Caldbeck and Chris Sacca, SoFi CEO Mike Cagney and a top Uber engineer have all been accused of sexual impropriety in the last six months as a growing number of women …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
UK regulators order 450+ sites to remove casino games allegedly targeting the under-18 crowd, following an investigation by The Times  —  Have you ever seen a gambling machine or website that was all too conspicuously aimed at children?  British regulators certainly have.

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Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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