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November 14, 2017, 7:15 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 …
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
US ITC says it has launched a probe into allegations of patent infringement by Apple on various devices including Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into allegations …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter launches premium APIs, starting with historical search, to give developers more tweets per request, higher rate limits, and more complex queries  —  Twitter is offering a solution for developers who are angry about limitations imposed on their apps when they use the service's free APIs.
Freedom House:
Report: governments in 30 countries manipulated social media to counter critics, drive specific agendas, more; elections in 18 countries may have been affected  —  Key Findings Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.
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 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The proposed Senate tax plan won't impede incumbent companies but would severely handicap startups moving forward, could explain lack of pushback from big firms  —  There was an interesting line of commentary around the news that Stitch Fix, the personalized clothing e-commerce company, was going to IPO: these numbers are incredible!
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
Profile of Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble, the women-first dating app with $100M/year sales that, sources say, is talking to Match Group about a $1B+ buyout  —  When Whitney Wolfe Herd started planning an October launch party for a new product at Bumble, America's fastest-growing dating-app company …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
UCSF and Cardiogram study: Apple Watch can detect hypertension with 82% accuracy and sleep apnea with 90% accuracy using Cardiogram's deep neural network  —  A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch …
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:
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of US deputy CTO Michael Kratsios, who comes from Thiel-founded VC firm and oversees ~45 staff of director-less Office of Science and Technology Policy  —  Tech adviser Michael Kratsios is working on a policy agenda, but he needs some of the president's staunchest critics to cooperate

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Microsoft:
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eero:
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