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October 17, 2018, 8:15 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
In EU, Google to start charging OEMs for Play Store and Google apps, offer separate licenses for Search and Chrome, let OEMs make devices with forked Android  —  Android will still be “free and open source”  —  Google is changing the way it licenses its suite of Android apps in Europe …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
After saying last week no data collected through Portal would be used to target users with ads, Facebook now says the data can be used to target ads  —  Who you call and what apps you use could determine what ads you see.  —  Facebook announced Portal last week, its take on the in-home …
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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
YouTube says it has resolved widespread access issues that also affected YouTube TV and YouTube Music  —  Google's services are ubiquitous enough that it's pretty noteworthy when they go down.  Tonight, it seems multiple services are suffering an outage, including YouTube …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers allege in suit that Facebook didn't disclose key video metric error for over a year and that scale of miscalculation was far worse than understood  —  Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it revealed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed by advertisers.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Stanford study: of the 800,000+ unique comments submitted to the FCC concerning repeal of net neutrality, 99.7% of them opposed what the FCC did  —  A new study has once again confirmed that the vast, vast majority of the public opposed the FCC's ham-fisted repeal of net neutrality.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced a unified plan to deprecate the use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in their web browsers in early 2020  —  Almost everyone has now migrated to TLS 1.2, and a few have moved to TLS 1.3.  —  Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Chrome 70 with option to disable linked sign-ins, which are enabled by default, support for PWAs on Windows and an AV1 decoder, and more  —  Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins …
Wall Street Journal:
As the scandal of Khashoggi's disappearance grows, Silicon Valley is mostly quiet on its connections to Saudi Arabia, the largest funding source for US startups  —  The kingdom is now the largest single investor for U.S. startups, with stakes in Uber, WeWork and Magic Leap
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Coinbase now lets users buy and sell ZRX, the token representing the 0x Project, joining BTC, BCH, ETC, ETH, and LTC a week after adding ZRX to Coinbase Pro  —  Coinbase's newest asset is live.  On Tuesday the popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency platform added support for ZRX, the token representing the 0x Project.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
After criticism from FCC's Pai and Florida Gov. Scott, Verizon offers 3-month credit to customers hit hardest by Hurricane Michael; AT&T also giving credits  —  Since the landfall of Hurricane Michael last week, Verizon has been under scrutiny for its seemingly poor efforts to restore service in the Florida Panhandle.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Netflix Q3: streaming revenue of $3.91B, up 36% YoY, and global membership surpassing 130M paid and 137M total; stock up 13%+ after hours  —  - Earnings per share (EPS): 89 cents vs. 68 cents estimate, according to a Refinitiv consensus estimate  —  Netflix shares soared 15 percent …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Hands-on with Huawei's fitness-focused Watch GT, which has two versions for €199 or €249, a 1.39" OLED display, GPS, and runs a proprietary OS called LiteOS  —  How does two weeks' battery life sound?  —  At a time when the Apple Watch is miles ahead of any other smartwatch …
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