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October 30, 2017, 6:05 PM

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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 …
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 report: iPhone sales in China grew 40% YoY to 11M in Q3 after six consecutive quarters of decline, amid a 5% YoY decline in overall Chinese market  —  Chinese smartphone shipments registered another quarter of decline as the market contracted 5% in Q3 2017 to 119 million units.
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 …
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.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Nintendo's Q2 earnings beat estimates with revenue of $1.9B, Switch sales of 2.9M units; company raises annual forecast for Switch sales from 10M to 14M units  —  Nintendo reported better-than-expected revenues and operating profit for the September quarter on Monday, while raising …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How streaming boxes running open source Kodi media player software have made video piracy easy with third-party add-ons  —  THE KODI BOX pitch is hard to resist.  A little black plastic square, in look not much different from a Roku or Apple TV, and similar in function as well.
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Nikkei:
Source: SoftBank calling off talks to merge Sprint and T-Mobile; Sprint stock drops 8%+  —  Clash over control of combined American carrier sinks long-sought deal  —  TOKYO — SoftBank Group plans to break off negotiations on a merger between subsidiary Sprint and T-Mobile US amid a failure …

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