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October 2, 2018, 4:50 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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces its Windows 10 October 2018 Update is rolling out today, the OS' sixth update so far  —  Microsoft today announced that the free Windows 10 October 2018 Update is rolling out today.  For those keeping track, this update is Windows 10 build 17763 and will bring Windows 10 to version 1809.
More: Thurrott.com and Windows CentralTweets: @thurrott
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 .
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
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.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch, who sold the company to Cisco for $635M a few years ago, has joined Andreessen Horowitz as its newest general partner  —  David Ulevitch has had some strange dealings with investors over the years.  Now, Uletvitch is himself one of them.
More: Axios
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 …

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