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October 11, 2018, 7:05 AM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Global PC shipments in Q3 were flat, up 0.1% YoY according to Gartner, while IDC estimates 0.9% decline; Gartner: Microsoft breaks into top 5 PC vendors in US  —  The PC market is seeing some very interesting moves this year.  In Q2 2018, global shipments were up for the first time in six years …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network and cross-licenses over 60,000 patents for other members  —  After years of waging patent war on Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system, Microsoft agreed Wednesday to join the Open Invention Network and cross-license its more than 60,000 patents to participating members.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans to make content it owns free to device owners as part of its forthcoming TV service, launching early next year  —  - Apple is planning to mix free original content with subscription “channels” to existing digital video services on its “TV” application.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple to buy a part of Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based out of Europe, for $300M in cash, and will commit $300M in further purchases from the business  —  Apple has quietly been putting considerable effort into building faster and more efficient chips that can help differentiate …
Alyssa Hertig / CoinDesk:
Blockstream debuts Liquid, a “federated sidechain” for bitcoin that lets partners, which include two dozen exchanges, quickly transact bitcoin  —  Three years in the making, bitcoin's first sidechain “Liquid” is now live.  —  Launched by San Francisco startup Blockstream …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Analysis of the top 2,000 websites visited by EU and US residents shows ad trackers per page dropped 4% for EU users after GDPR and rose by 8%+ for US users  —  An analysis of the impact of Europe's new data protection framework, GDPR, on the adtech industry suggests the regulation has reduced …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google's Pixel 3 XL, which includes a very tall notch and a “chin” bezel, lacks the groundbreaking tech Apple used to justify the iPhone X's notch  —  A large notch requires a strong argument, and Google didn't make one  —  Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL arrived yesterday without too much fanfare.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Waymo's driverless cars have now driven 10M miles on public roads, up from 5M miles eight months ago  —  Alphabet's self-driving technology division, Waymo, revealed that its autonomous vehicles have now driven 10 million miles on public roads.  This represents a 100 percent increase …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Sources detail how Amazon shut down a machine learning tool for rating job applications in 2017 because it was biased against female candidates  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
How teens are using Instagram to bully each other, including making dedicated hate accounts, sometimes with a mass audience, and how Instagram is addressing it  —  No app is more integral to teens' social lives than Instagram.  While Millennials relied on Facebook to navigate high school and college …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
In response to Sen. Bernie Sanders' questions on the removal of stock awards and bonuses, Amazon says “all hourly employees” will see “total compensation” rise  —  As backlash mounted over Amazon's decision to raise its minimum wage to $15 but cut bonuses and stock grants …
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
How some climate scientists use a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience  —  I KNOW VERY little about climate change.  I know even less about Fortnite.  And Twitch.  (Yes, I know; I should be fired.)
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waze announces a US-wide rollout of its carpooling service Waze Carpool, first launched in 2016  —  The navigation app first started experimenting with carpooling in 2016  —  For many drivers, Waze is the go-to app for circumnavigating pesky traffic jams.

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