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November 2, 2017, 1:45 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google to shut down its QPX Express API for airfare data, which launched out of its ITA acquisition, on April 10, 2018  —  As Google gradually builds out its footprint in travel search, the company is also making a move to shut down one of its data feeds to others in the travel space.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC debuts U11 Plus: 6" 1440p LCD screen, Snapdragon 835, 3,930mAh battery, IP68 rating, Alexa support; ships November 20 in UK for £699, no plans for US launch  —  Ships with Oreo and more of the good stuff that made the U11 so appealing  —  The HTC U11 has been one of the best …
Associated Press:
Secureworks finds data showing Russia's Fancy Bear targeted 4.7K Gmail users worldwide using 19K malicious links mostly generated during Moscow office hours  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The hackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton's campaign …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Documents show internal strife within Unicode Consortium over proposed “Frowning Pile Of Poo” emoji, with some worrying about a lack of oversight  —  Unicode, the organization that oversees the evolution of Emoji, is in the middle of a fierce debate over a frowning pile of poop.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo buys 51% of Fujitsu's PC business for $157M+, as its Q2 earnings beat estimates with revenue up 5% to $11.8B YoY, profit down 11% YoY to $139M  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. posted better-than-expected revenue as the PC maker benefited from a stabilizing global personal computer market.
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
London-based TransferWise raises $280M Series E; sources say valuation is $1.6B and that the co-founders and others sold some shares to the new investors  —  Old Mutual, IVP lead investment round in London fintech  —  Company now valued at $1.6 billion, source familiar saidEMBARG
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
SEC: paid endorsements of ICOs may be illegal if compensation is not properly disclosed, and, even with disclosure, paid promoters may be liable in some cases  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern warning to the celebrities, athletes and social media stars pitching investment opportunities in virtual currencies.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based travel activities booking platform GetYourGuide raises $75M Series D led by Battery Ventures  —  Right after Berlin-based travel activities booking platform GetYourGuide announced its $50 million Series C, one of Europe's biggest tourist draws, the city of Paris, was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.

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