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October 31, 2017, 7:00 AM

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Tony Romm / Recode:
Sources: Facebook, Google, Twitter to tell Congress that Russian election meddling wider than reported; source says 126M Facebook users may have seen content  —  Read early testimony from Facebook, Google and Twitter before they appear at hearings on Capitol Hill this week.
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Google, Facebook, and other tech companies met to discuss congressional concerns ahead of this week's hearings amid populist turn against Silicon Valley  —  Search giant is battered from all sides amid a populist turn against Silicon Valley and reaction to Russian meddling
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung Electronics' Q3 profits, driven by memory chip demand, nearly tripled YoY to $12.92B on $55.18B revenue, up 30% YoY, mobile sales rose 23% YoY to $2B  —  The Korean company is making a lot of money from its components business.  —  Samsung may be known for its phones …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple designing iPhones and iPads that would exclude Qualcomm modem chips and include Intel or possibly MediaTek chips instead  —  Company considers building devices only with chips from Intel, possibly MediaTek  —   AAPL 2.25% Apple Inc., locked in an intensifying legal fight …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Support for third-party developers on Apple's HomePod is limited to messaging, lists, and notes via Siri, shutting out services like Spotify and Uber  —  - Apple's smart speaker, HomePod, will go on sale in December for $349.  People will use it by talking to it.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone X review after 24 hours: best iPhone ever made, with gorgeous design and display, but it's expensive and Face ID can be spotty in some lighting  —  Works in progress can still be great  —  After months of hype, endless speculation, and a wave of last-minute rumors about production delays, the iPhone X is finally here.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Netflix to cancel House of Cards, its first original series, after season 6, amid allegations against Kevin Spacey  —  Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned.  Production has begun on what will be the final season of the drama series, which is set to premiere in 2018.
Skype Blogs:
New Skype for desktop, which takes design cues from Skype for mobile, comes out of preview with customizable themes, Reactions, cloud-based file sharing, more  —  In today's hectic world, maintaining our personal connections is more important than ever.  We need to get more done …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube TV debuts a standalone app for Android TV and Xbox One devices today, coming to Apple TV, smart TVs in coming weeks; no plans shared for Amazon app  —  The video giant's pay TV effort is expanding  —  Over the last five years, major cable and satellite television providers in the US …

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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
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Zoho:
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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