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November 14, 2017, 12:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor for 2019 iPhone to improve AR capabilities  —  Apple looking at different technology from iPhone X's Face ID  —  New 3-D sensor would improve augmented-reality features  —  Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla releases Firefox 57 “Quantum” browser, with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  The new version, which Mozilla calls …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
HTC and Google cancel plans for the HTC Daydream VR standalone headset in western markets; Google says plans are still in place for a Lenovo Daydream headset  —  One of the only questions I've asked HTC VR execs consistently over the past several months is whether the Daydream version …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC intros Vive Wave VR Open Platform for hardware makers, unveils Vive Focus standalone VR headset for China with inside-out tracking; price, release date TBD  —  After a couple of teases earlier this year, HTC has finally unveiled its upcoming standalone VR headset at today's Vive Developer Conference in Beijing.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
UCSF and Cardiogram study: Apple Watch can detect hypertension with 82% accuracy, sleep apnea with 90% accuracy via Cardiogram's deep neural network DeepHeart  —  A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch …
Canalys:
Canalys: Apple retook top spot in wearable band market in Q3 2017 with 3.9M shipments, or 23% of the market; Xiaomi came second with 21%, Fitbit third with 20%  —  Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Tuesday, 14 November 2017  —  Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in Q3 2017 …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
FDA approves first digital pill, which has an embedded sensor that will show doctors whether and when patients are taking it, sparking privacy concerns  —  For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Journalists at news organizations partnering with Facebook say its fact-checking tools have failed  —  Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data  —  Journalists working for Facebook …
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.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Amazon sells AWS infrastructure assets in China to its Chinese partner Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. for as much as $300M, in order to comply with Chinese law  —  Updated 10:35pm: Amazon Web Services responded to reports out of China that it was exiting the country's cloud computing market with the following statement.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Cloudflare acquires Neumob to boost mobile app speeds and enable end-to-end optimization across desktop and mobile  —  It is hoped the buyout will boost Cloudflare's network.  —  Cloudflare has acquired Neumob in a deal designed to speed up app requests flowing through the firm's network.

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