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October 2, 2018, 6:30 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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