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November 10, 2017, 10:10 AM

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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 …
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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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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
WikiLeaks:
WikiLeaks publishes source code for malware control system Hive, shows examples of CIA allegedly impersonating Kaspersky via digital certificates  —  Source code and analysis for CIA software projects including those described in the Vault7 series.  —  This publication will enable investigative …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has temporarily paused “all general verifications” to work on clarifying policy, after verifying white supremacist Jason Kessler  —  Twitter today announced it's pausing all account verifications - the process that gives public figures on Twitter a blue checkmark next …
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.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Hulu comes to the Nintendo Switch in the US today, becoming the first major video streaming app available on the console  —  Nintendo's gaming tablet is finally getting some streaming content.  Today, the company revealed its first major media app will be Hulu, which will be available later today.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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