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November 2, 2017, 11:31 AM

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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 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.
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:
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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.
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
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?
Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
Waymo partners with auto retailer AutoNation to maintain and repair its autonomous fleet  —  Waymo, one of the leading forces in self-driving technology, is enlisting the largest auto retailer in the United States, AutoNation, to maintain and repair the growing number of driverless vehicles Waymo is testing around the country.
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:

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