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November 10, 2017, 12:30 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Musical.ly acquired for as much as $1B by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., maker of news app Toutiao  —  With 60 million monthly users, startup sells to Chinese maker of news app Toutiao  —  Musical.ly Inc., the maker of a lip-syncing app popular among teens and tweens …
Prashant S. Rao / New York Times:
Uber must treat drivers as employees and not as independent contractors, UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal rules in appeal case  —  LONDON — Uber suffered a renewed blow to its operations in London — its biggest market outside the United States — when an employment tribunal on Friday rejected …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local in the US on iOS and Android, adds restaurants, bars, and places your friends visit  —  Bad news for Yelp and good news for nightlife lovers.  When you want to go out, it doesn't necessarily have to be to an event.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How Mimikatz, a tool coded by a French government IT manager in his spare time, became a ubiquitous password stealer for hackers globally  —  FIVE YEARS AGO, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy's laptop.
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Dave Mark / The Loop:
Apple says it is working on a software fix for iPhone X screens that become temporarily unresponsive to touch in cold environments  —  Yesterday, a Reddit user named Darus 214 started a thread complaining about his iPhone X screen becoming unresponsive in cold weather.  From the thread:
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube says it will age-restrict flagged videos that make “inappropriate use of family-friendly characters” to logged-in users 18 or older  —  Videos that violate policy will now be age restricted  —  Earlier this week, a report in The New York Times and a blog post on Medium drew …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Twitter more than doubles the characters available for display names from 20 to 50, retains 15 character limit for usernames  —  Twitter has been a bit preoccupied with length lately.  After permanently increasing the maximum character length for tweets to 280, it's now allowing your display name to be longer too.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says strong encryption that law enforcement can't break is “unreasonable”  —  Rod Rosenstein: We should weigh “law enforcement equities” against security.  —  Just two days after the FBI said it could not get into the Sutherland Springs …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Electronic Arts to acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315M in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140M  —  Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
After backlash, Logitech says it will offer free Harmony Hubs for all Harmony Link users  —  WHEN LOGITECH DECIDED to intentionally brick its Harmony Link hub next March, it somehow didn't anticipate the backlash, which spread from Reddit comment threads to major tech publications and beyond.
Nick Compton / Wallpaper*:
Interviews with Jony Ive and Stefan Behling, one of Apple Park's lead architects, on the site's design and flexibility and on the fluid nature of iPhone X  —  Anticipation was higher than usual - and it always runs to feverish - when the press and other interested parties …

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