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October 7, 2018, 4:50 AM

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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:
Questions arise about Bloomberg's story on China spying via tiny chips after companies' strong denials, showing the difficulties of national security reporting  —  Today's bombshell Bloomberg story has the internet split: either the story is right, and reporters have uncovered one of the largest …
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 …
Wayne Williams / BetaNews:
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
Axios:
Source: in a company-wide Facebook town hall, Joel Kaplan said he should have talked to Zuckerberg and Sandberg before attending Kavanaugh hearings  —  Top Facebook executive Joel Kaplan made an emotional appearance at a companywide town hall Friday, and admitted that he should have consulted …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A look at ChuChu TV, the Chennai-based kids entertainment empire on YouTube that has 19B+ views, 29M aggregate subscribers, and adds ~40K subscribers daily  —  ChuChu TV, the company responsible for some of the most widely viewed toddler content on YouTube, has a suitably cute origin story.

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