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November 8, 2017, 8:50 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple ramps up work on AR headset, which has its own display and runs on a new chip and OS, aims to have tech ready by 2019 and ship as early as 2020  —  Company hopes to have technology ready for 2019; ship later  —  Breakthrough device will have new chip and operating system
Caitlyn Gribbin / ABC:
Facebook tests hashing to eliminate revenge porn in some countries; users send nude pics to themselves that Facebook will hash so they never appear on its sites  —  If you've had a nude photo taken, you might be nervous about where it could end up.  —  Your phone may be hacked …
Terri Cullen / CNBC:
SEC filing shows China's Tencent bought a ~10% minority stake in Snap; sources say Tencent purchased 145.8M nonvoting shares over the last quarter  —  - The news comes as a vote of confidence in Snap, one day after the company posted a huge revenue miss for the third quarter.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Evan Spiegel says Snap is redesigning Snapchat to make it easier to use and expects that it will be “disruptive to our business in the short term”  —  New version of the Android app also in the works  —  In today's earnings letter to Snap investors, CEO Evan Spiegel revealed …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber partners with NASA for its Elevate flying car project, aims to launch aerial taxis in Los Angeles by 2020  —  Los Angeles will be the third test city, and NASA will provide logistical support  —  Uber's “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter to roll out 280-character tweets around the world, in all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean  —  Double trouble  —  In most of the world, the iconic 140-character tweet is now officially a thing of the past.  Twitter said today that after a global test …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Pay Cash launches in iOS 11.2 beta 2, letting users send and receive Apple Pay money in Messages  —  Apple is soft-launching direct, person-to-person payments in an iMessage today with the Apple Pay Cash beta.  The feature, which was announced earlier this year, allows you to send …
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.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
iPhone X shows how Apple's integration of hardware and software fends off less integrated rivals, like Google, even when rival services are superior  —  The history of Apple being doomed doesn't necessarily repeat, but it does rhyme.  —  Take the latest installment, from Professor Mohanbir Sawhney …

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