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October 16, 2018, 9:25 AM

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Christine Wang / CNBC:
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma  —  Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Vulcan Inc. said Monday on behalf of his family.  Allen passed away Monday afternoon in Seattle at 65 years old, Vulcan said.
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Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai publicly discusses censored Chinese search engine for the first time, says internal tests have been very promising  —  GOOGLE'S INTERNAL TESTS developing a censored search engine in China have been very promising, CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage on Monday as part of the WIRED 25 Summit.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Facebook weighs a ban on posts linking to hacked material, expands ban on voting-related misinfo; sources: months ago execs weighed banning all political ads  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) will ban false information about voting requirements and fake reports of violence …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft launches All-Access Pass subscription plan for $299 per month for 30 rides costing up to $15 each, for single-passenger trips and carpooling rides  —  Netflix, but for rides  —  Lyft's monthly subscription experiment is going national.  The ride-hailing company has been tinkering …
Charles Duhigg / New Yorker:
Profile of former Google and Uber employee Anthony Levandowski on his time at Google with details on Waymo's decision to settle its suit against Uber this year  —  Silicon Valley was built on job-hopping.  But when a leader of Google's self-driving-car unit joined Uber, Google filed suit.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Source: Apple did not acquire music analytics startup Asaii but instead hired its founders to work on Apple Music  —  On the heels of news of not one but two acquisitions from Apple last week, a report surfaced yesterday that Apple had picked up yet another company, the music analytics startup Asaii …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
MIT announces plans to invest $1B toward a new college for AI, so students can develop the tech while studying its implications across disciplines  —  Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence — how to prepare students …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Fidelity announces a new company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services that will handle cryptocurrency custody and trade execution for institutional investors  —  - Fidelity Investments, which administers more than $7.2 trillion in client assets, announced a new and separate company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services Monday.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard, and Amex, as well as other financial players like Amazon and PayPal flout India's new data localization regulation  —  MUMBAI, India — When the clock struck midnight in Delhi at the end of Monday, Visa, Mastercard and American Express were suddenly …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Sources: hundreds of Myanmar military personnel, some trained in Russia, made troll accounts to flood Facebook with incendiary comments and fuel genocide  —  NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to roll out speech-to-text dictation for Word and OneNote on the web over next few weeks with PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook online adding it in 2019  —  Microsoft first started rolling outs its dictation feature in the Word desktop app earlier this year, and it's now making its way to web versions of Office.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Hands-on with Photoshop CC for the iPad, which Adobe says is the “real Photoshop” and will be available in 2019  —  An exclusive look at the future of Adobe's biggest app  —  Adobe really wants you to know that the upcoming Photoshop CC for the iPad, which was announced today …
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
German IoT company Smartfrog takes controlling interest in smart home security startup Canary with $25M investment  —  Things have been pretty quiet on the Canary front.  In January at CES, the New York-based smart security startup released a stripped-down version of it its flagship camera.

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