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October 30, 2018, 9:40 AM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will release iOS 12.1 on October 30 with Group FaceTime, new emoji, Dual SIM support, and more  —  iOS 12.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be available tomorrow as a free software update.  The first significant update to iOS 12 brings a variety of features including Group FaceTime …
Jason Cross / Macworld:
What to expect from Apple's Oct. 30 event: new iPad Pros with Face ID and USB-C, Apple Pencil with gestures, new MacBook, upgraded iMacs and Mac mini, and more  —  On October 18, Apple sent out colorful invitations to a new event, to be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30.
Asiff Hirji / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase raises $300M Series E led by Tiger Global Management at a post-money valuation of $8B+  —  At Coinbase, we believe that cryptocurrencies and the technologies that power them represent a breakthrough in computer science that will change both the internet and the global financial system for the better.
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: 200+ Google engineers organizing company-wide “women's walk” walkout, expected Nov. 1, following reports of Google protecting alleged sexual harassers  —  A group of more than two hundred engineers at Google are organizing a company-wide “women's walk” …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Nintendo says it sold 3.19M Switch units in Q2, passing the GameCube's total sales with 22.86M units, and reports profit of ~$274M on revenue of ~$1.96B  —  The Nintendo Switch has overtaken another console in lifetime sales: the GameCube.  The company sold 3.19 million units in the last quarter …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google releases reCAPTCHA v3 API that is more customizable and runs adaptive risk analysis in the background to alert webmasters of suspicious traffic  —  CAPTCHAs are a common test on the web and are designed to differentiate between actual users and bots.
Rose Eveleth / Motherboard:
NY's Lockport City school district has begun implementing a controversial surveillance system with facial recognition software and a tool to identify guns  —  Installed in the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, controversial facial recognition systems that scan students' faces …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
As Google rolls out a news feed under the search box on its mobile homepage, questions remain about the effects it could have on society  —  This is exhausting; I'm exhausted  —  I woke up this morning to two pieces of news that I couldn't help but see as two sides of the same coin …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK chancellor announces a new 2% digital services tax that will come into effect in April 2020 for profitable tech companies that generate £500M a year globally  —  The UK government has announced a new “digital services” tax of two percent that it plans to start levying on the UK revenues …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Snap's Evan Spiegel promoted Kristen O'Hara as Chief Business Officer, then changed his mind two days later, hiring an Amazon exec; O'Hara has departed  —  - Kristen O'Hara was picked first then offer was rescinded  — Company has had high level of executive turnover since IPO
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
In an attempt to recreate its success from the '90s, IBM has bought Red Hat; it's not clear, though, that the company or the market are the same  —  The best way to understand how it is Red Hat built a multi-billion dollar business off of open source software is to start with IBM.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
OnePlus 6T debuted with in-screen fingerprint scanner, 6.41" screen, no headphone jack, smaller notch, starting at $549, unlocked or via T-Mobile in US  —  After month of leaks and teases, OnePlus has finally launched its ninth smartphone.  —  The OnePlus 6T was officially unveiled at an event …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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.
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