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October 2, 2018, 9:40 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6 with a black finish and Intel 8th-gen chips, claims 13.5 hour battery life, 67% faster than predecessor, coming Oct. 16 for $899  —  A new internal design, but still no USB-C  —  Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet / laptop hybrid today.
David Carnoy / CNET:
Microsoft unveils noise canceling Surface Headphones with up to 15 hours of battery life, dial controls on each earcup, Cortana; coming this year in US for $350  —  Sure, Microsoft has new Surface PCs.  But what the company unveiled alongside those products on Tuesday is a total surprise.
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.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Microsoft debuts Surface Studio 2, coming November 15 from $3,499, with 50% faster graphics and a 28" display that's 38% brighter than the first generation  —  - Meet the Microsoft Surface Studio 2: a big, beautiful, all-in-one PC that will be available on November 15th at a starting price of $3,499.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 2 with a black finish and Intel 8th-gen chips, claims 85% faster than predecessor, coming Oct. 16 for $999 for 8GB RAM model  —  At its “A moment of your time” event in New York City today, Microsoft refreshed the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro with updated specs and a black color option.
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.
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it found no evidence that third-party apps were accessed using Facebook Login in breach and is building a dev tool to log out affected users  —  We wanted to provide an update on the security attack that we announced that week.  This was a serious issue and we worked fast …
Apple:
A look at some of the 70+ new emoji coming to iOS 12.1, including new characters who are bald, have red hair, curly hair, and more  —  More than 70 new emoji will be coming soon to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair …
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan's VC firm Initialized Capital raises $225M for its fourth fund  —  “Right now we're in this Empire Strikes Back moment” says Initialized Capital's Garry Tan, referring to tech giants ruthlessly copying and competing with fresh ideas.  “We think the startups represent the Return Of The Jedi.”
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google acquires Onward, a machine learning and natural language processing startup that has built an enterprise chatbot platform for customer service  —  Blink and you might have missed Google's acquisition this morning.  The search giant bought Onward, a customer service automation startup, for an undisclosed sum.
More: TechCrunch
Dan Primack / Axios:
David Byttow, co-founder of anonymous messaging app Secret, which Snap tried to buy in 2014, has joined Snapchat as director of engineering  —  David Byttow, co-founder of anonymous messaging app Secret, has quietly joined Snapchat as director of engineering.

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