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November 7, 2017, 2:00 PM

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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Waymo now offers free taxi rides in fully driverless cars in Phoenix, plans for a paid taxi service; at first, most of the cars will have employee in back seat  —  Waymo's first product will be a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix area.  —  Driverless cars are here.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google patches Wi-Fi KRACK flaw in Android, adds new saturated color display option in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, releases fix for Pixel 2 “clicking” noise  —  It's also fixing the clicking problem on the Pixel 2  —  The regular, monthly patches for the Pixel are one of the main reasons …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches $50 Fire TV Stick Basic Edition without Alexa for international users of its Prime video service in 100 markets  —  We're approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Major flaw in Parity multi-sig wallets, often used in ICOs, potentially freezes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Ethereum  —  Today is not a good news day for Ethereum.  A vulnerability found within a popular wallet has frozen potentially hundreds of millions of dollars …
Nan Boden / Google:
Google announces strategic partnership with Salesforce to better integrate G Suite with Salesforce's CRM software  —  Today, we announce a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership with Salesforce that spans Google Cloud and Google Analytics.  The partnership will enable smarter, more collaborative experiences for our customers.
Apple:
Apple says no operations or investments moved from Ireland after 2015 corporate restructuring, changes in Ireland's tax laws did not reduce its tax payments  —  Apple believes every company has a responsibility to pay its taxes, and as the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world.
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google unveils Resonance Audio, an open-source, cross-platform spatial audio SDK for VR, AR, games, and 360 video  —  As augmented reality slowly proliferates with the promise of bringing computer interaction into three-dimensional space, platform giants like Google are tasked with bringing every sense into 3D space, as well.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google is testing an AirDrop competitor, file manager, and cleanup utility for Android called Files Go, which reportedly will launch globally in December  —  Google is preparing to soon launch a new mobile app called Files Go that will allow Android users to better manage the files on their phone …
More: 9to5Google
Dan Primack / Axios:
GOP tax bill, still in early stages, includes a big break for employees of privately held startups, would allow tax to be deferred on exercised stock options  —  House Republicans may win some new fans in Silicon Valley, with a new tax proposal that would help employees of highly valued startups that have not yet gone public.

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