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November 1, 2017, 9:50 AM

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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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Senators raise issue to Facebook, Twitter, Google of shell firms obscuring identities of advertisers, a fundamental obstacle to efforts to increase transparency  —  How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren't actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections?
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google announces Fast Pair, for Android 6 and higher, that 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 …
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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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
London-based DIY computing and coding kit maker Kano raises $28M Series B led by the Thames Trust and Breyer Capital to expand in US retail stores  —  Kano, the company behind the popular DIY computing and coding kits, has raised $28 million in a series B round of funding led by the Thames Trust …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 11.1 with new emoji, 3D Touch app switcher, UI and security bug fixes  —  Apple today released iOS 11.1, the first major update to the iOS 11 operating system available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.1 comes more than a month after iOS 11 was first released …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Crowdfunding platform CircleUp announces $125M venture fund to invest in non-tech consumer startups  —  - Temasek, Euclidean Capital and the co-founder of Bumble and bumble are among investors in CircleUp's new fund.  — The fund uses AI to track more than 1 million consumer companies and identify the hottest potential deals.

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