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November 1, 2017, 4:00 PM

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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 Internet Research Agency spent just .05 percent as much on Facebook ads as Hillary Clinton …
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:
David Pierce / Wired:
Doppler Labs, the smart earbuds startup which raised a total of $50M+, is shutting down  —  ON OCTOBER 23, Doppler Labs founder Noah Kraft got a Facebook notification.  One of those “On This Day” pop-ups, resurfacing a post from exactly two years ago, when Kraft had appeared on CNBC to make the case for his company.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage  —  Apple's new Face ID facial recognition system coming in the iPhone X unlocks an iPhone more slowly than Touch ID did, according to Tom's Guide.  —  Tom's Guide is one of the sites that was provided …
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM launches Cloud Private platform to bring cloud native apps to on-premises data centers; it works with multiple clouds, hardware, and existing infrastructure  —  IBM is betting that its Cloud Private platform can be the middleware and platform architecture connecting data center hardware of all stripes with a cloud operating model.
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Snap Maps, Snapchat's location-sharing feature, provided users with real-time footage of the terror attack in Manhattan on Tuesday  —  During Tuesday's terror attacks in Lower Manhattan, in which a driver in a pickup truck killed eight people and injured 11, Snap Maps, the location-sharing feature …

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