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November 10, 2017, 5:10 PM

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
IBM will make 20-qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service by end of 2017 and unveils 50-qubit quantum computing prototype  —  IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A look at how Anki's Cozmo toy robot uses AI for responsive emotions that encourage interactivity and how children perceive smart robots  —  When I brought the robot home from the Apple Store, I knew I was inviting a new kind of strangeness into our lives.  My wife worried about giving …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
PayPal launches Money Pools feature to help you pool money for group payments  —  These days, you have a lot of ways to choose from when splitting bills with friends.  You can send money through Facebook Messenger, chip in for dinner mid-Skype chat or even pay your debt as an email attachment on Gmail.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Bandwidth, a Twilio competitor, closes up 6% on its first day of trading after raising $80M in its IPO  —  Bandwidth, a company which helps businesses with voice and text communication, debuted on the Nasdaq on Friday, going up about 6% on its first day of trading.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on the site's redesign, coming in Q1 2018  —  At Web Summit this week in Lisbon, Portugal, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman talked about the site's upcoming redesign.  Reddit launched in June 2005, and its look and feel has changed little over the past decade — certainly not at all in the past four or five years.
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