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October 30, 2018, 6:50 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple unveils new iPad Pros with no home button, thinner design, smaller bezels, A12X SoC, USB-C, Face ID, no 3.5mm jack; 12.9" model for $999+, 11" for $799+  —  After months of rumors, Apple has today announced a completely redesigned iPad Pro with slimmed-down bezels, Face ID, a USB-C port …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple unveils new $130 Pencil, which can attach magnetically to iPad Pro, uses inductive charging, and can detect double tap gestures on the side of the Pencil  —  Apple Pencil 2.  Apple originally introduced the Apple Pencil in September 2015 as an accessory for the first-generation iPad Pro — the company's first iPad stylus.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 12.1 with eSIM and dual SIM support, Group FaceTime, new emoji, real-time Depth Control, fix for bug that smoothed skin in selfies, and more  —  Apple today released iOS 12.1, the first major update to the iOS 12 operating system designed for the iPhone and the iPad. iOS 12.1 comes …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple unveils new MacBook Air with 13.3" Retina display, 50% narrower bezel, wedge design, Touch ID, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 8th gen Intel CPU, for $1,199+  —  Apple has brought the MacBook Air back to life today, announcing the first proper refresh of its super thin laptop line in three years during its October hardware event.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple announces an updated Mac mini in space gray with Intel 8th gen CPU with four to six cores, up to 64GB RAM and 2TB SSD, starting at $799 for 8GB RAM model  —  Now that the Air's got shiny new update, it's time for the other major neglected entry in the Mac line.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Hands-on with the new MacBook Air: glossy screen is great, mostly on par with the MacBook Pro, but the third-gen butterfly keyboard remains a polarizing design  —  This is the MacBook most people should get  —  Apple has finally unveiled a long-awaited revamp of the MacBook Air …
William Turton / VICE News:
Reporters tried to buy fake Facebook ads on behalf of all 100 US senators and Facebook approved all of them, following other high profile fake ad approvals  —  One of Facebook's major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is to require those paying for the ads to make a …
Facebook:
Facebook reports Q3 revenue of $13.73B, up 33% YoY, DAUs of 1.49B on average, up 9% YoY, says mobile ad revenue represented ~92% of all ad revenue  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.  —  “Our community and business continue …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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.
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Waymo granted the first permit from California's DMV for driverless testing of autonomous cars on public roads, will start with limited tests in Silicon Valley  —  Waymo is the first company in California allowed to test robot cars on public roads with no human driver behind the steering wheel, it said Tuesday.

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