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November 13, 2017, 10:00 PM

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
KGI: three iPhones with iPhone X form factor slated for late-2018, including 6.1" model with a lower-resolution LCD screen, as well as 5.8" and 6.5" OLED models  —  Apple has three new iPhone models in the pipeline for a late 2018 launch, two of which will be the company's biggest handsets ever …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Steve Jurvetson is leaving Draper Fisher Jurvetson in wake of an investigation into sexual harassment, is “on leave of absence” from boards of Tesla and SpaceX  —  The high-profile entrepreneur helped start Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  —  Famed venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson …
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm's Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom's unsolicited $103B offer  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm" or the “Company") today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri AG launches probe into Google's practices including user data collection, use of other sites' content, and if search results favor its own services  —  Investigation includes whether Google unfairly favors its content in search results  —  Missouri's attorney general has launched …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported version of its Prime video streaming service and is considering giving content creators their own channels  —  Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported complement to its Prime streaming video service, according to people familiar with its plans.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon lands global television rights for The Lord of the Rings, with a multi-season commitment, to debut exclusively on Prime Video  —  “The Lord of the Rings,” the celebrated fantasy book series by J.R.R. Tolkien that became a worldwide film phenomenon is now headed to the small screen …
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Lyft to launch in Toronto next month, its first market outside the US  —  The ride-hailing company Lyft, a major rival to Uber in the United States, is moving to gain ground internationally.  —  Lyft announced on Monday that it would be offering services in Toronto in time for the holiday season.
Claire Zillman / Fortune:
Female VCs from Sequoia, Cowboy, Benchmark, and others launch Female Founder Office Hours, a series of events at which investors will advise women entrepreneurs  —  The female investors of venture capital are expanding their dinner party, so to speak.  —  Jess Lee, the former CEO …
The Keyword:
Google starts rolling out broadcast feature for Google Assistant, which allows users to broadcast messages on all Assistant-enabled speakers in a house  —  From dinner bells to shouting, attempting to gather the family from around the house is nothing new.  And now, your Google Assistant is getting in on the game.
Alex Davies / Wired:
Autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been shipping refrigerators, with a human in cab, from a warehouse in TX to CA since October  —  IF YOU LIVE in Southern California and you've ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook kills off Messenger Day stories feature, replacing it with Facebook Stories inside Messenger, and kills off Facebook Direct ephemeral messaging  —  Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones.  Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging …

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