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October 25, 2017, 8:45 AM

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Ellen Read / Stuff.co.nz:
Apple acquires ten-year-old Auckland-based wireless charging company PowerbyProxi  —  Auckland entrepreneur Fady Mishriki set up PowerbyProxi in 2007.  —  Apple has bought Auckland technology company PowerbyProxi for an undisclosed sum.  —  The tech giant released the news on Wednesday …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple let suppliers reduce the accuracy of iPhone X's Face ID system to make it easier to manufacture and speed up production  —  The company let suppliers reduce accuracy of the phone's Face ID system to speed up production.  —  As of early fall, it was clearer than ever …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Twitter will now label political ads with sponsors, including spending and targeting disclosures, and establish a Transparency Center database with all ads  —  - Twitter will clearly label political ads and require campaigns and organizations to disclose who bought the ad and how much they spent.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon Key bundle launched with a security camera and smart door lock that lets couriers unlock your door; starts from $250, preorder today, available Nov. 8  —  The new in-home service will roll out to 37 US metro areas next month and eventually allow you to let in a dog walker or house cleaner, too.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Honolulu passes law, effective Wednesday, allowing police to issue $35 fines for looking at devices while crossing streets on first offense, and $99 on third  —  Hate it when you see people staring at their phones while crossing the street?  You'll like this, then: it's about to be banned by a city for the first time.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
New “Bad Rabbit” ransomware targets corp networks in Ukraine, Turkey, Germany, infects devices through hacked Russian media sites using NotPetya type methods  —  A new wave of ransomware has hit several targets in Russia and Eastern Europe on Tuesday, according to media reports and several security companies.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
DoJ subpoenas Twitter seeking details about five Twitter accounts including @Popehat, following a smiley emoji reply to them from a security researcher  —  So, here's a fun one.  Back in May, the Justice Department — apparently lacking anything better to do with its time …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Bipartisan bill unveiled to reform NSA's warrantless surveillance program and reauthorize it for four years, adding more privacy and oversight protections  —  A group of 11 senators on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to substantially reform the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Sources: Target and other retailers are using legal rights in lease agreements to limit what Amazon can do with Whole Foods stores in malls across the US  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market met a new foe this summer during talks to lease a top retail space in a San Francisco mall: the Target next door.
More: ReutersThanks:@sal19
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
Microsoft has stopped manufacturing Kinect, the depth camera and microphone that sold ~35M units since 2010, but will continue to support it for Xbox customers  —  But its influence, and core technology, lives on across the industry.  —  Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down.
More: The VergeThanks:@hellomountfuji
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD returns to profitability in Q3 with $71M in net income and $1.64B in revenue, up from $1.3B YoY, as Ryzen takes off, but stock drops 10%+ on weak Q4 outlook  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported a net profit in the third quarter, thanks to the strength of its Ryzen and Epyc series processors that launched earlier this year.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Early Bitcoin dev and proponent of Bitcoin's SegWit2x upgrade, Jeff Garzik, debuts a cryptocurrency, Metronome, which he says works on multiple blockchains  —  Metronome to make debut at industry conference in Las Vegas  —  Bloq co-founder Jeff Garzik helped develop bitcoin blockchain
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Gmail adds support for third-party add-ons for web and Android, with Asana, Trello, Intuit QuickBooks, Dialpad, RingCentral among launch partners  —  Google is launching third-party add-ons for Gmail today.  These native extensions will allow you to bring the power of services like Asana …

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