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November 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

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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 …
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 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Proposed Senate tax plan won't impede incumbent companies but would severely handicap startups moving forward, which may 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!
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
All major browsers now support the WebAssembly standard, the binary format for the web introduced in 2015  —  It took only two years for all browser vendors to get on the same page regarding the new WebAssembly standard, and as of October 2017, all major browsers support it.
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / darkREADING:
Home and office security service ADT acquires cybersecurity company Datashield and launches ADT Cybersecurity  —  Home and business security giant launches ADT Cybersecurity to offer managed detection and response (MDR) service.  —  Physical security firm ADT today announced its purchase …
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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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK plans $80M in tech initiatives, doubles tech visas to 2,000 to shore up support amid Brexit anxiety  —  While the UK continues to try to find solid ground to begin its contentious Brexit negotiations, the government has launched several initiatives to try to shore up support to (and from) the country's technology industry.
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
Nikkei:
Toshiba to sell 95% stake in TV unit to China's Hisense for $113.6M, as it continues to shed non-core assets to ease losses from its US nuclear unit  —  Japanese company shedding noncore assets to ease losses from U.S. nuclear unit  —  TOKYO — Embattled Japanese electronics-maker Toshiba …
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 …

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