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October 18, 2018, 1:25 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple sends out invites for an event on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, where updated iPads and MacBooks are expected  —  Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung debuts $1,000+ Galaxy Book 2, a Windows 2-in-1 to compete with Surface, with 12-inch OLED display, LTE, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 850, on sale from November 2  —  A couple weeks after Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 6, Samsung is today unveiling the $1,000 Galaxy Book 2 …
Dave Zohrob / Chartable:
An in-depth analysis of how the Apple Podcasts top charts are being manipulated, and how that affects the podcast ecosystem, which relies on Apple's directory  —  How did an unknown show about real estate beat out Serial, Dr. Death, and The Daily?  —  Something weird has been happening on the Apple podcast charts lately.
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Samsung says it has started mass production of 7nm chips using an EUVL process that it claims enables 50% power and 20% performance improvements over 10nm chips  —  Samsung Foundry on Wednesday said that it had started production of chips using its 7LPP manufacturing technology …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: data mining giant Palantir is weighing an IPO as soon as H2 2019; some bankers have told the firm it could IPO with a valuation of as much as $41B  —  Bankers have told the firm it could go public with a valuation as high as $41 billion  —  Data-mining giant Palantir Technologies Inc. …
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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium  —  “It will probably be all video.”  —  In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg:
Twitter has published data sets of millions of tweets, images, videos, and thousands of accounts linked to Russia and Iran meddling for analysis by researchers  —  - Data includes images and videos from thousands of accounts  — Tech firms remain under fire from lawmakers in EU, U.S.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook tentatively finds that the hack affecting 30M users was perpetrated by spammers posing as a digital marketing company, not by a nation-state  —  Facebook Inc. FB .40% believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
How one company spent between $1.2M and $4.6M over five months to get 45M+ impressions on Facebook political issue ads, without saying who's paying for the ads  —  Over just two weeks in September, a limited-liability company calling itself News for Democracy spent almost $400,000 …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Financial Times:
Sources: Uber is developing a short-term staffing business, called Uber Works, that would utilize its database of workers for events and corporate functions  —  Uber is developing a new short-term staffing business, dubbed Uber Works, that would help to diversify its business ahead of next year's planned initial public offering.
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