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November 2, 2018, 12:50 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad, and Mac starting next quarter, as CFO says units sold isn't representative of the state of business  —  Apple just announced on its earnings call that it will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac from next quarter — the start of its next financial year.
Apple:
Apple reports Q4 revenue of $62.9B, up 20% YoY, profit of $14.1B, says services revenue reached an all-time high of $10B, up 27% YoY; stock down ~7%  —  Revenue Up 20 Percent and EPS Up 41 Percent to New September Quarter Records  —  Services Revenue of $10 Billion Reaches New All-Time High
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Andrei Zakharov / BBC:
Hackers publish private messages from 81K Facebook accounts, put up to 120M accounts for sale for $0.10/each; Facebook blames third party browser extensions  —  Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts.
Justin O'Beirne:
A detailed look at Apple's new maps for iOS 12 covering San Francisco and the Bay Area with seemingly better road data than Google Maps but worse location data  —  HAS APPLE CLOSED THE GAP WITH GOOGLE'S MAP?  —  TAP OR CLICK ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE  —  Perhaps the biggest surprise about Apple's new map is how small it is:
Kara Swisher / Recode:
In a wide-ranging interview Elon Musk talks about his tweeting habits, the past year of Tesla, new Navigate on Autopilot feature, full autonomy, and more  —  Musk talks about his “excruciating” 2018, fighting with journalists on Twitter, why Tesla won't build an electric scooter and much more.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Profile of cryptocurrency millionaire Jeffrey Berns who says he has spent $300M to build an experimental community based on blockchain in Nevada  —  A man spent millions on an enormous plot of land near Reno.  Now he wants to build a community based on the blockchain technology introduced by Bitcoin.
IDC:
IDC: 355.2M smartphones were shipped worldwide in Q3 2018, down 6% YoY from 377.8M; Samsung saw a decline of 13.4% and Huawei grew 32.9%  —  According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Testing of battery life on flagship phones, including iPhone XS and Pixel 3, shows newer phones die faster than older ones, likely due to screen tech like OLED  —  Despite some notable exceptions, many 2018 smartphone batteries can't keep up.  Here's why — and what we can do about it.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Flickr says it will end 1TB storage for free accounts and delete all but the most recent 1,000 photos or videos if users don't upgrade to Pro by February 2019  —  Flickr was purchased in April by professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and today, the first major changes under the new ownership have been announced.
David McCabe / Axios:
Google says Susan Molinari, its Vice President of Public Policy for the Americas and head of its D.C. office, is leaving next year  —  Google's top U.S. public policy official is stepping down from the role, the company confirmed on Friday.  —  Why it matters: The departure …
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Gram Slattery / Reuters:
Sources say Amazon is struggling to ramp up operations in Brazil amid challenges like the nation's tax system, complicated logistics, and testy vendor relations  —  SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is struggling to ramp up its operations in Brazil, a promising market that so far …
BuzzFeed News:
Google workers from Singapore, Japan, Israel, the UK, Ireland, India, and the US staged a walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment  —  Groups of Google employees are staging walkouts at offices across the world in protest at how sexual misconduct allegations are handled by the company.
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Jeremy B. Merrill / ProPublica:
Investigation finds that 12 Facebook campaigns masked sponsorship of political issue ads, exposing a gap in enforcement of Facebook's disclosure policy  —  A Facebook ad in October urged political conservatives to support the Trump administration's rollback of fuel emission standards …

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