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October 3, 2018, 9:50 AM

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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.
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:
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it has found no evidence “so far” that hackers accessed connected third-party apps and is building a dev tool to help 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 …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Amazon unveils Fire TV stick with 4K, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10+ support, with a new Alexa Voice Remote, for $50, available for preorder now, ships October 31  —  After years of offering 4K playback on its higher-end Fire TV devices, Amazon is ready to bring that extra resolution to its most affordable hardware.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Wi-Fi Alliance rebrands 802.11n as Wi-Fi 4, 802.11ac as Wi-Fi 5, and the upcoming 802.11ax as Wi-Fi 6  —  Quick quiz: which is better, 802.11n or 802.11ac?  —  The answer, if you're familiar with Wi-Fi standards coming from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is 802.11ac …
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.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Cloud-based customer service software provider Talkdesk raises $100M, led by Connecticut-based hedge fund Viking Global Investors LP at a $1B+ valuation  —  Most people dread calling customer service.  The endless wait times, tedium of repeating your information multiple times …
Leticia Miranda / BuzzFeed News:
A look inside Amazon's new 4,000 sq. ft. 4-Star store in NYC, which sells seemingly random items that all match their price online, has human cashiers, and more  —  It had $20 kitchen mittens resembling dog paws; $16 USB cables; a corn kernel stripper for $7.99; a $15 mug that reads, “Believe in yourself.”
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.”
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 …

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