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November 14, 2017, 9:30 AM

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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