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October 23, 2017, 8:30 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in  —  Bad to worse  —  Over the weekend, people with review units of the Pixel 2 XL began noticing a problem.  No, not the already-known issues of muddy color and grainy textures when viewed in low-light, but one that's potentially more worrisome: screen burn-in.
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.
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Google rolls out “Pay With Google”, which lets Android users shop faster by using a debit or credit card setup previously on a Google service, like YouTube  —  As promised, Google is streamlining online purchases made through Android devices by rolling out Pay with Google.
Raj Mukherjee / Indeed Blog:
Survey of 1,011 US tech workers: 43% worry about losing their job due to age, 87% say diversity possibly or definitely has a positive impact on performance  —  In many cultures, elders are held in high regard as a source of wisdom.  —  In the world of tech, it often seems—not so much.
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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.
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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Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile Q3 profit of $550M tops estimates on revenues of $10B; company skips earnings call amid Sprint merger rumors  —  The “Un-carrier” boasted another strong quarter, but everyone's just wondering when its deal with Sprint will go down.  —  Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere is playing it low key this time.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Wattpad's free storytelling and fan fiction app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a $6/month ad-free plan  —  Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories - including a fairly popular “chat fiction” app Tap, a rival to Hooked - is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application.

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