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October 31, 2017, 9:30 AM

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Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
iPhone X review after one week: fast and powerful, both front and back cameras are great, Face ID works effectively but can't distinguish between some twins  —  The iPhone X changes everything. But the future is in good hands.  —  Apple's iPhone X is the beginning of something new.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone X review after 24 hours: gorgeous design and display, notch is ugly but tends to fade away, 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 …
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
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says it will launch business-focused Surface Pro with built-in LTE Advanced in December for $1,149+  —  Microsoft today announced that in December it will launch a Surface Pro with built-in LTE Advanced support to its business customers.  Panos Panay, Microsoft's corporate VP for Windows devices …
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 …
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.
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.

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