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November 2, 2017, 10:35 AM

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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.
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 launches U11 Plus with 6-inch 2880x1440 LCD display, small bezels, 3,930mAh battery, IP68 water resistance, Alexa and Google Assistant support, for €799  —  Ships with Oreo and more of the good stuff that made the U11 so appealing  —  The HTC U11 has been one of the best flagship Android phones …
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% to $139M YoY  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. posted better-than-expected revenue as the PC maker benefited from a stabilizing global personal computer market.
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Razer Phone: 5.7" 120Hz 1440p display, 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 835, 12MP dual cameras, 4000mAh battery, but no audio jack, Oreo update 2018; ships Nov. 17 for $699  —  Can you actually make an Android phone for gamers?  Aren't they all spec-heavy beasts of incredible processing burden?
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
London-based TransferWise raises $280M Series E, sources say at a $1.6B valuation 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
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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Washington Post:
Lawmakers release a sampling of Russian Facebook ads placed during and after campaign  —  Lawmakers on Wednesday publicly shared several of the 3,000 Facebook ads bought by Russian operatives as they sought to shape American political conversation during the 2016 presidential election …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Source: VMware to acquire software-based networking startup VeloCloud; VeloCloud has raised $84M in funding since launch in 2012  —  VMware has struck a deal to acquire software-based networking startup VeloCloud Networks, according to a person close to VeloCloud, in a move that is likely …

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