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November 10, 2017, 7:00 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 …
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 …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Twitter more than doubles the characters available for display names from 20 to 50  —  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.
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces Community Boost program, traveling to 30 US cities during 2018, to help SMBs use the platform, provide training to unemployed, more  —  Whether it's to “bring the world closer together” or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Filing and LinkedIn updates show Roku acquired Denmark-based multi-room audio startup Dynastrom ApS in September for $3.5M  —  The evidence that Roku is working on a smart speaker product is mounting: The streaming device maker acquired Denmark-based multi-room audio startup Dynastrom ApS in September for $3.5 million.
More: The Verge and Seeking AlphaThanks:@jank0

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