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October 23, 2018, 8:40 AM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
AWS CEO Andy Jassy and Supermicro CEO Charles Liang join Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling for a retraction of Bloomberg's spy chip story  —  ‘[Tim Cook] is right.  Bloomberg story is wrong about Amazon, too.’  —  Today, executives from both Amazon and the server manufacturer, Super Micro …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone XR review: competitive price for Apple's latest processor and cameras with a great battery life, but comes in only one size and the display is not great  —  Big screen, small compromise  —  Video by Phil Esposito & Becca Farsace  —  Here's a question: how much do you care about the display on a phone?
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Brendan Iribe, co-founder and ex-CEO of Oculus, is leaving Facebook; source: move follows shakeups in Oculus' VR arm that include canceling PC-powered Rift 2  —  Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook, TechCrunch has learned.
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 675, an 11nm mid-range ARM Cortex A76-based SOC with support for triple camera setups, promises better gaming performance  —  Today we're seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor …
Scott Scrivens / Android Police:
Chrome enables Picture-in-Picture support on desktop by default on macOS, Windows, and Linux  —  It's a popular feature on Android, especially useful if you want to watch YouTube videos while you do other things, and now Picture-in-picture (PiP) is officially coming to the desktop.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla announces ProtonVPN partnership; from Oct. 25, some Firefox users will see an ad to buy a $10/month VPN subscription when connected to unsecured WiFi  —  Selected Firefox users will be able to purchase a ProtonVPN version for $10.  Some of the money will go to support Mozilla and Firefox.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
HTC starts taking preorders for its blockchain phone Exodus 1 for 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, or ~$960, only takes payments in cryptocurrency, expects to ship in Dec  —  You have to buy it in bitcoin or Ether  —  HTC just announced actual specs for its much-hyped blockchain phone, the Exodus 1, and is letting people sign up for preorders.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Cameron Poetzscher, a top dealmaker at Uber, has resigned following report about allegations of sexual misconduct  —  Executive steps down following WSJ article revealing allegations of sexual misconduct  —  Uber Technologies Inc.'s top deal maker, Cameron Poetzscher, has resigned from the company …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners report issues with camera not saving images, background apps being killed, and other glitches that may point to memory managment issues  —  With its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google has crafted some pretty fantastic smartphones in terms of the experience they offer.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says European Union's copyright legislation, Article 13, threatens creators' livelihoods if implemented as proposed  —  ‘Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs’  —  The European Union's contentious copyright directive became a major talking point …
Reuters:
Verizon Q3 beats estimates with net addition of 295K subscribers, net income of $4.92B on total operating revenue of $32.61B  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, helped by promotional offers for Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) new iPhones.
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Ford says it will start testing self-driving cars in Washington, DC early next year and expects to launch commercial taxi and delivery services in 2021  —  The black Ford Fusion hybrid with a tiara of laser sensors looped twice through a four-mile stretch of a changing Washington …
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
India's latest generation of unicorn startups have targeted fundamental and local issues like insurance, education, logistics, and lodging  —  The country's latest generation of $1 billion apps have focused on local issues in education, logistics, and lodging.
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple says iOS 12.1 will fix a bug that resulted in smoother-looking photos taken by the iPhone XS and XR's front camera, thus improving selfie quality  —  Beautygate no longer  —  Ever since the iPhone XS came out, there's been criticism of its front camera — specifically, that it overly smooths skin.
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