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October 11, 2018, 2:40 PM

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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, as IDC estimates 0.9% decline; Gartner says Microsoft broke 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 …
Washington Post:
Facebook says it is removing over 800 US publishers and accounts, some with 100,000+ followers, for spamming users with political content  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
New York Times:
Walmart is creating a joint venture with New York-based “interactive storytelling” startup Eko; sources say the investment with Eko is worth $250M  —  Walmart is going Hollywood.  —  The world's largest retailer, in a constant battle with its rival Amazon …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
PayPal partners with Walmart to let users deposit and withdraw cash from their PayPal accounts inside Walmart stores  —  PayPal chief executive Dan Schulman noted that this the first time the two companies are working together in this capacity.  —  PayPal and Walmart have inked …
More: Business Wire and CNET
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.
CNBC:
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon unveils three new APIs to let third-party smart home apps trigger doorbells and security cameras in the US  —  Amazon's making it easier for Alexa developers to tap into connected security cameras and doorbells.  The retailer today introduced three new APIs — Doorbell Event Source …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Legal chatbot service DoNotPay now helps users lock down privacy settings of social media accounts and 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?
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.
Bloomberg:
Bumble co-founder says the dating company is in “deep discussions with banks” about an IPO on Nasdaq after 2018 and expects up to $400M in revenue this year  —  - Group owns Badoo, the world's largest mobile-based dating app  — 'We're better than Match,' says Badoo founder Andrey Andreev
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google updates Assistant on phones to let users access it from the lockscreen, brings Digital Wellbeing features to the Home app on smart displays  —  Google announced a bunch of new hardware at its Made By Google event earlier this week, but it notably skimmed over updates to Google Assistant …
More: TechCrunch
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Tribe Capital data: US customers trading on Coinbase dropped 80% from December 2017 through September 2018, as cryptocurrencies experienced sharp declines  —  Buy and hodl—that's been the mantra of cryptocurrency investors since a devotee first made the typo in a Bitcoin forum in 2013.

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