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October 30, 2018, 1:55 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" for $999+, 11" model 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.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 12.1 with eSIM and dual SIM support, Group FaceTime, new emoji, real-time Depth Control, 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 …
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Apple says there are now 100M active Mac users, with 51% of buyers buying for the first time  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company's “More in the Making” event in New York City that the company has 100 million active Mac users.  He added that 51 percent of Mac buyers are …
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.
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 …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber announces Ride Pass, a $14.99+ per month service that locks in a flat fare for UberX and UberPool trips, available today in five US cities  —  For $14.99 a month, riders get flat, heavily discounted fares that can save them 15 percent on travel  —  Uber has a new plan to lock customers …
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Quid, which helps companies analyze large volumes of text from news, social media, and web, raises $37.5M led by LexisNexis' investment arm  —  Quid Inc., a startup that helps companies analyze large volumes of text from news, social media and the web, raised $37.5 million in venture funding, the company plans to announce Monday.
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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Concord, which wants to make it easier for companies to manage contracts, raises $25M Series B led by Tenaya Capital  —  Concord is raising a new $25 million funding round led by Tenaya Capital, with existing investors CRV and Alven also participating.  The company is building a platform …
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 …
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Blackmagic Design launches Blackmagic eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, DisplayPort connectivity, and more, starting at $1,199  —  Alongside the brand new Mac mini and MacBook Air, Blackmagic Design has launched a new external graphics chassis with a faster Radeon RX Vega 64 inside.
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
How China-based Bytedance, worth ~$75B, has crossed borders with relative ease by focusing on apps with light, affirming fare aimed toward young people  —  BEIJING — A Chinese internet company that serves up homemade break-dancing videos, dishy news bites and goofy hashtag challenges …
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.

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