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October 31, 2017, 2:55 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.
Steven Levy / Wired:
iPhone X first look: nice big screen in compact form factor and improved battery life, but Face ID didn't always work  —  How do you show off the most anticipated product in years?  That was my dilemma with the iPhone X. Since my unit was one of the first few released into the wild …
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.
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.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung Electronics' Q3 profits, driven by strong demand for memory chips, nearly tripled year-over-year to $12.92B on $55.18B revenue, up 30% year-over-year  —  The Korean company is making a lot of money from its components business.  —  Samsung may be known for its phones …
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 …
Canalys:
Canalys: iPhone sales in China grew 40% YoY to 11M in Q3 after six consecutive quarters of decline as overall smartphone shipments decline by 5% YoY to 119M  —  Chinese smartphone shipments registered another quarter of decline as the market contracted 5% in Q3 2017 to 119 million units.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Square announces the Register, a $999 point-of-sale device for larger businesses  —  Square is expanding its hardware lineup with a new point-of-sale device called the Square Register.  —  Square's Head of Hardware Jesse Dorogusker explained that while the company's existing products …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft closes Outlook.com Premium to new subscribers, eight months after its launch from public preview, and adds some of its features to Office 365  —  A support document describing new premium Outlook.com features for Office 365 subscribers hides the real story today: Microsoft just killed Outlook.com Premium.

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