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October 10, 2018, 6:55 AM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google announces $799+ 5.5" Pixel 3 and $899+ 6.3" Pixel 3 XL with slimmed down bezels, wireless charging, dual front cameras, preorder now, available Oct. 18  —  Google just unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest flagship Android smartphones.  There was little left to “unveil” …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces 7-inch Home Hub, to compete against Amazon's Echo Show, which comes in four colors, has no camera; pre-order today for $149, ships October 22  —  With the Home Mini and Home Max in 2017, Google was able to inundate the market with affordable smart speakers, while offering an audiophile experience for the high-end.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it has fixed a data deletion bug and is re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that it pulled over the weekend  —  Software maker is making changes to Windows 10 testing  —  Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling …
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Twitter says it will remove the ability to create Moments from its iOS and Android apps on October 23, making it a desktop exclusive  —  Twitter has announced today that it is removing the ability to create Twitter Moments from its iOS and Android applications.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US GAO releases report highlighting Pentagon failures around cybersecurity, including security of weapons, like using weak passwords  —  A government watchdog has said the Department of Defense has not done enough to protect critical weapons systems from cyberattacks.
Motherboard:
Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile deny being the “US telecom” mentioned in today's Bloomberg story alleging compromised Supermicro hardware  —  No one is really sure who to believe after Businessweek's bombshell story on an alleged Chinese supply chain attack against Apple, Amazon, and others.
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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Report: Apple “dramatically” reduced the rate of fraud in its Chinese retail stores in recent years using secretly marked parts, changed repair policies, more  —  If you've ever wondered why Apple employees seem at least a little skeptical during requests for repairs …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram will use machine learning to scan photos to detect bullying and send them to community moderators for review if needed, rolling out in coming weeks  —  Instagram and its users do benefit from the app's ownership by Facebook, which invests tons in new artificial intelligence technologies.
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com:
Google debuts Pixel Slate, a Chrome OS tablet with a 3000×2000 display, 8-16GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, no 3.5mm jack; coming later in 2018 from $599  —  Google just took the wraps off a new Chromebook device at its hardware event today.  The company is launching its new Pixel Slate …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Andreessen, Altman, Kalanick, others named to a Saudi advisory board for a $500B megacity project amid journalist's disappearance; Jony Ive dropped from list  —  - More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
As Facebook has shown a lack of caution and unquenchable desire for personal info, debuting Portal home video chat devices is just its latest tone-deaf decision  —  On Monday morning Facebook revealed a new gadget — a voice-activated video chat tablet with an always-listening microphone …

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