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November 10, 2017, 1:30 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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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