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November 1, 2017, 1:45 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Lawyers from Facebook, Google, Twitter stuck to prepared statements and vague promises during Tues. Senate hearings, and none promised to support Honest Ads act  —  In a high-stakes meeting, lawyers stick to the script  —  A bipartisan group of Senators grilled tech companies today …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Senators including Blunt and Burr downplay Russian meddling impact on 2016 election; Twitter says it banned 106 accounts for creating 700+ vote-by-text tweets  —  Tech companies will take questions from the Senate and House Intel Committees on Wednesday.  —  Take two.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says Clinton and Trump campaigns spent combined $81M on ads on the platform, compared to $46K spent by Russian Internet Research Agency  —  Russian information troll farm the Internert Research Agency spent just .05% as much on Facebook ads as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's campaigns combined …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Tuesday Senate hearing: Google explains delay in cutting RT from ad program; Twitter says ~5% accounts are spam; Facebook says it revealed all known Russian ads  —  A live look at the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian election interference.  —  Facebook, Google and Twitter …
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Apple changed its standard iPhone review PR strategy for the iPhone X, prioritizing YouTubers and celebrities over established names in tech journalism  —  ‘Unusual’ change in strategy means latest phone got less testing than most of its predecessors before reviews could be published
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Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Amazon adds ARKit support to its iOS app, letting you place items inside your home using AR  —  Following in Ikea and Target's footsteps  —  Amazon has added an AR component to its app, using Apple's ARKit to let customers place various items in their house virtually before buying them.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google announces Fast Pair, for Android 6 and higher, which will make Bluetooth pairing easier for devices that support the feature  —  But the convenience depends on accessory makers adopting it  —  Apple users are quickly growing accustomed to effortless wireless pairing between the iPhone …

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