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October 2, 2018, 2:10 PM

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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 per hour for all 350K+ US workers, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees, effective next month  —  - The new minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees — including part-time and temporary employees — the company said.
Twitter:
Twitter outlines its election integrity efforts ahead of midterms, says it removed ~50 accounts pretending to be members of various state Republican parties  —  We are committed to improving the health of the public conversation on Twitter and protecting the integrity of elections is an essential part of that mission.
Mark Harris / Ars Technica:
USPTO has rejected all but three of 56 claims in Waymo's 936 patent, which played a key role in Waymo-Uber suit, after a complaint by an unaffiliated engineer  —  Eric Swildens had no dog in the fight other than intellectual curiosity.  —  A lone engineer has succeeded in doing …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma now let students use their iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card  —  From today, Apple is announcing the first partners for its new contactless ID card features introduced in iOS 12 and watchOS 5.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: Coinbase is in talks to raise up to $500M at an $8B valuation, with Tiger Global leading the round  —  The company is in talks with Tiger Global and its existing shareholders for an investment of up to $500 million.  —  Coinbase is finalizing a deal that would value the company …
More: The Coinbase Blog and AxiosTweets: @jasonlk
Scott Thurm / Wired:
New CA law mandates all public companies based there, like Apple, have at least one woman on their board by 2019 and two by end of 2021 or 3+ for boards of 6+  —  SEVERAL MAJOR TECH companies—including Apple, Google parent Alphabet, and Facebook—will likely have to add women to their boards …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Opera launches Opera Touch browser for the iPhone optimized for one-handed use, built-in ad blocking, protection from cryptojacking, and more  —  Browser company Opera is back doing what it does best, offering you beautifully-designed alternatives to the stock browsers from the likes of Google and Apple .
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook launches PyTorch 1.0 with integrations for Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure Machine Learning  —  Facebook today announced the release of deep learning framework PyTorch 1. in developer preview, which includes a series of tools and integrations to make it more compatible with popular services …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
What to expect at Microsoft's hardware event at 4pm ET today: Surface Pro 6, updates to the Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, and HoloLens  —  It's fall.  That means every big to mid-sized tech company is holding an event to debut its latest offerings in time for the holidays.
Morgan Little / CNET:
Google announces Project Stream as it partners with Ubisoft to test game streaming and seeks users in US to test Assassin's Creed Odyssey via the Chrome browser  —  In a surprise announcement Monday, Google revealed a partnership with Ubisoft to bring the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey to your Chrome Browser.
Bloomberg:
Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's advertising chief, is leaving to join Greylock Partners as a VC, and will be replaced by Prabhakar Raghavan, who heads G Suite  —  - Ramaswamy heading to Greylock as a venture capital partner  —  Google is replacing its top advertising executive, Sridhar Ramaswamy …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Samsung launches S Pen SDK for Galaxy Note9  —  The move expands the third party Galaxy Note 9 developer possibilities for the Bluetooth Low Energy enabled S Pen.  —  Samsung launched its S Pen software developer kit for the Galaxy Note9 in a bid to get third party software providers to buy …

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