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October 29, 2018, 11:40 AM

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
IBM has agreed to acquire Red Hat in a deal valued at $34B, a 60%+ premium over Friday's closing price; Red Hat will become part of IBM's Hybrid Cloud division  —  IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
With its acquisition of Red Hat, IBM refocuses on its core strengths, rather than Watson, an AI push that was always more hype than reality  —  With its latest $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM may have found something more elementary than “Watson” to save its flagging business.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Gab.com takes its service offline after GoDaddy informed the company they had violated terms of service and had 24 hours to move the domain to another provider  —  Gab, the controversial social network with a far-right following, has pulled its website offline after domain provider GoDaddy gave it 24 hours to move to another service.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Gab, the social network where the Pittsburgh shooting suspect aired his hatred in full, became a platform of choice for neo-Nazis and other extremists  —  Early Saturday, moments before the police say he barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, Robert D. Bowers's anti-Semitic …
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
RED Hydrogen One review: unique design and long-lasting battery, but holographic display is poor and blurry, and it falls far short of other $1,000+ phones  —  It's obvious this is RED's first phone  —  RED's debut smartphone is such a mess that it made me question what fundamental parts of a phone we truly need.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
After Orlando let its pilot with Amazon's facial “Rekognition” tech expire amid public outcry in June, FOIA docs show a new pilot has begun under a mutual NDA  —  Walking around downtown Orlando, you might not notice the lightbulb-sized camera affixed to one of the traffic signal poles along …
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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
OnePlus 6T announced with in-screen fingerprint scanner, 6.4" display, dual rear cameras, 8GB RAM, and no headphone jack, will be sold through T-Mobile in US  —  Rumors revealed all the details of the new OnePlus phone and today the OnePlus 6T was officially announced in NYC.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers detail how state-owned China Telecom, the third largest carrier in the country, regularly hijacks internet traffic passing through the US and Canada  —  Chinese government turned to local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyber pact in late 2015, researchers say.

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