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November 5, 2017, 11:15 AM

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T-Mobile:
T-Mobile and Sprint end merger talks after being “unable to find mutually agreeable terms”  —  Companies put an end to the extensive speculation around a transaction  —  Bellevue, Washington and Overland Park, Kansas — November 4, 2017 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Sprint …
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who holds large stakes in Twitter, Lyft, and Apple, arrested in apparent power consolidation  —  Saudi leadership in recent months has clamped down on any traces of dissent  —  Saudi authorities carried out a new wave of arrests targeting royals …
Associated Press:
Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats' emails  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires.
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
Pew: 26% of US adults get news from two or more social media sites, up from 15% in 2013 and 18% in 2016; 50% of Facebook news users get news via Facebook alone  —  Americans are more likely than ever to get news from multiple social media sites, according to a recent Pew Research Center report.
New York Times:
At congressional grilling over Russian meddling, Google used its failures in social as cover from criticism targeted at companies like Facebook and Twitter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After years of trying unsuccessfully to build a social network to rival Facebook, Google finally got something out of all of its failures: cover.
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Bloomberg:
A list of all the questions Facebook, Google, and Twitter told Congress they would answer later  —  Unanswered questions mean tech companies need to follow up  —  Lawmakers sought detailed information in Russia meddling probe  —  Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. faced hours …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Researchers build real-world objects to fool neural nets into classifying them as different objects, trick Google classifier into thinking a toy turtle is a gun  —  New research shows how machine vision systems of all kinds can be tricked into misidentifying 3D objects
David C. Brock / IEEE Spectrum:
The history of Forethought, the company which originally created PowerPoint for the Macintosh, before being bought by Microsoft in 1987 for $14M  —  Here's the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time  —  Walking into the hall to deliver the speech was a …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Broadcom is considering a bid to acquire Qualcomm for about $70 per share, or $100B+; bid is likely to be made in the coming days  —  Broadcom is exploring a deal to acquire Qualcomm, according to people familiar with the matter, in what could be the biggest ever takeover of a chipmaker …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: hundreds of people at Twitter had access to tools to shut down accounts; account deletions similar to Trump happened before  —  Donald Trump wasn't the first account to suffer a ‘mic drop’  —  Last night, a rogue Twitter employee celebrated their last day with the company by deactivating President Donald Trump's account.

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Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our Europe Data Center  —  As a part of our annual infrastructure maintenance at our Europe Data Center, we will be switching our apps from the Primary to Secondary data center on 26th November …
Worldpay:
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