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November 12, 2017, 1:00 AM

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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.
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
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 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Pixel and Nexus devices won't get KRACK patch until December, which shouldn't matter much since Android doesn't rely on WPA2 for security  —  Android never relied on WPA2 for security, so breaking it shouldn't matter much.  —  In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi's WPA2 security called “KRACK.”
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.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Statements from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Uber on whether NDA-bound employees can publicly speak out about workplace harassment or assault  —  BuzzFeed News asked major tech companies if they'd pursue legal action against NDA-bound employees who speak out about workplace harassment or assault.
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 …
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