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November 11, 2017, 8:25 PM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Alibaba smashes its Singles Day record once again as sales hit $25.4B, a 39% increase over last year's sales total  —  Alibaba has set another Single's Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date.
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nintendo plans to make 25M to 30M Switch consoles during the next fiscal year which begins April 2018  —  Nintendo plans to make 25 million to 30 million Switch game consoles next year  —  TOKYO— Nintendo Co. NTDOY -2.38% plans to pick up the production pace for its hit Switch …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Ford is working to build a Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2021 with help from Argo AI, who is creating software for its vehicles  —  Its very name was synonymous with the 20th-century economy.  Now it's trying to catch up with Silicon Valley on self-driving cars.  Related Article
Evan Ackerman / IEEE Spectrum:
Embodied Intelligence, which is developing tech for letting humans teach robots new skills using AI and VR, comes out of stealth with $7M in seed funding  —  Depending on who you ask, robotic grasping has been solved for a while now.  That is, the act of physically grasping an object …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Profile of Broadcom CEO Hock Tan as he tries to acquire Qualcomm for $130B  —  Hock Tan was feeling sensitive.  As the most acquisitive executive in the chip industry, it was probably inevitable that his rapid-fire spate of deals — capped this week by a $130bn run at struggling Qualcomm — would bring charges of opportunism.
Google Online Security Blog:
Google and UCB study: from March 2016 to March 2017, 788K credentials were stolen via keyloggers, 12M credentials via phishing, and 3.3B via 3rd-party breaches  —  Posted by Kurt Thomas, Anti-Abuse Research; Angelika Moscicki, Account Security  —  Account takeover, or ‘hijacking’ …
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Discord launches Rich Presence SDK to let users easily jump in to play or watch games with friends  —  Rich Presence is live today  —  Discord is introducing a new tool today for developers to make it easier for players to jump into games with friends, spectate during matches and send party invites.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands its Influencer Program to include Twitter and Instagram, in addition to YouTube  —  Amazon is expanding its Influencer Program beyond YouTube to also include Twitter and Instagram, the company announced on Thursday.  First launched into beta earlier this spring …
More: Tubefilter and Engadget
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.
More: Digital TrendsTweets: @epro

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