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October 11, 2018, 10:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Legal chatbot service DoNotPay now helps users lock down privacy settings of social media accounts and help sue companies that expose users' data through hacks  —  - Automated legal tool DoNotPay is trying to help people lock down their online privacy settings and sue companies that get hacked.
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Snapdragon 845, 20MP and 8MP dual rear cameras, and Qi Wireless Charging; available for pre-order now from $799  —  When Razer announced its Razer Phone as a ‘gaming smartphone’, a sizeable number scoffed at the idea - how can it be a gaming smartphone if everyone has the same flagship hardware?
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 …
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 …
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.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Samsung unveils the mid-range Galaxy A9 with four rear cameras, 6.3-inch display, Snapdragon 660, 128GB storage, and 3,800mAh battery, for €599 in November  —  Google's Pixel 3 reveal came and went earlier this week, bringing us ever closer to the end of new flagship season.
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 …

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