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October 7, 2018, 12:20 PM

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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Hands-on with Google Pixel 3 XL, borrowed from a Hong Kong retailer three days before official announcement  —  Even though this is an unreleased product, everything seems to check out: The device feels solid and well-built, likewise with its box and accessories, which include a pair of USB-C earphones …
Asif Iqbal Shaik / MySmartPrice:
Images of Google Pixel Slate leak, show a Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard, stylus, stereo speakers, and a USB-C port  —  The Google Pixel Slate will run Chrome OS and will be unveiled during the company's October 09 launch event.  The tablet will feature a capacitive stylus …
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
DHS and UK's NCSC say they have “no reason to doubt” statements from Apple, Amazon, and others rejecting Bloomberg's story on China spying via microchips  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday it currently had no reason to doubt statements …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Adam O'Camb / iFixit:
Lab test shows Macs with T2 chips can be repaired independently and remain operational as it seems Apple hasn't activated its rumored software “kill switch”  —  Well, stop the presses.  Turns out, ‘Apple makes your MacBook inoperative if you get it fixed at local repair shops’ isn't quite true …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it's pausing the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update while it investigates reports of some users missing files after updating  —  Microsoft cites problems with the latest update package deleting user files.  —  Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update …
IEEE Spectrum:
Rethink Robotics, which helped pioneer robots like Baxter that could work alongside humans, shuts down after failing to be acquired; Rethink had raised ~$150M  —  Rodney Brooks's startup developed a new class of factory robots that could safely work alongside people.  Then came the hardest part: selling them
Quartz:
The new NAFTA deal extends the protections from liability that US internet companies enjoy under Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, to Mexico and Canada  —  The new “USMCA” deal the US, Canada, and Mexico tentatively agreed to provides wide-reaching protection to internet giants …

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Intel:
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