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November 16, 2017, 11:50 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program  —  A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment  —  Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: FCC's Ajit Pai expected to roll out details on reversing net neutrality next week, seeking a final vote on the plan Dec. 14  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Kaspersky Labs releases a more detailed report on how it obtained NSA-linked Equation Group source code in 2014  —  Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.  —  For almost two months in 2014, servers belonging to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab received confidential …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Book 2 review: powerful, great keyboard and trackpad, Xbox Wireless support, but power supply isn't enough for gaming and no Thunderbolt 3 support  —  A powerful portable desktop PC  —  I always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop, and it finally went ahead and built one without any tricks earlier this year.
David Pierce / Wired:
Google Pixel Buds review: great sound, but Assistant only works on Android, Translate is only available to Pixel owners, and pairing via case sometimes fails  —  In your ears, Google's earbuds work beautifully—but it takes way too much work to get them there.  —  I CAN'T FIGURE out the Google Pixel Buds.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Tech companies, including Facebook and Google, along with some news outlets join The Trust Project and start displaying tags to identify trustworthy news  —  “The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they're doing, then users can make their own decisions."
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google updates Assistant with developer support for Spanish, Italian, and other languages, ability to recognize implicit requests, more  —  Also, the Nexus Player is back  —  Google has announced a bunch of new updates coming to Assistant today that should make it possible for developers …
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
Profile of UK government's annual Cyber Security Challenge that tests contestants' abilities during cyberwar simulations and is used by companies to hire staff  —  Realistic scenarios help wannabe cybersecurity experts strut their stuff  —  A major shipping company is under attack.
Mark Harris / Wired:
Interview with Anthony Levandowski on his AI-focused religion, Way of the Future, of which he's the Dean, which aims to find and worship “a Godhead based on AI”  —  Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet.  Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather …

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