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November 6, 2018, 10:35 AM

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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts on its services that may have been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” ahead of the US midterm elections  —  Facebook announced Monday evening that it had blocked 115 accounts on its services that may have been engaged in …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
MacBook Air (2018) review: Retina display, great new trackpad, Touch ID, and a modest speed bump make it a nice upgrade for the owners of older MacBook Airs  —  Completely whelming  —  The fan is blowing on this brand-new MacBook Air with Retina Display.  It's a familiar sound …
Alex Warofka / Facebook:
Facebook posts results of commissioned report on Myanmar that found Facebook wasn't doing enough to prevent it from being used to incite offline violence  —  We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves freely and safely around the world.
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Amazon plans to split HQ2 evenly between two cities, a decision driven by the need to recruit enough talent; sources: announcement could come next week  —  Amazon.com plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2 …
Paris Martineau / Wired:
Gab is back online; its domain has migrated to Seattle-area-based registrar Epik, and Cloudflare is shielding who actually hosts the site  —  AFTER IT WAS revealed that the suspect in the shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue had threatened on the social media network Gab to kill Jews …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Bird launches e-scooters in London but only on private land in Olympic Park because regulators deem e-scooters illegal under UK's Highway Act of 1835  —  It was only a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated the U.K.  —  Today, the well-funded startup Bird is launching …
Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK's Information Commissioner has referred Facebook to the EU's data watchdog over issues regarding the way the social network targets and monitors its users  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Information Commissioner has referred Facebook to Ireland's data watchdog, the lead authority …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Barnes & Noble announces the Nook 10.1", a tablet with 32GB of storage, front and rear cameras, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth, out Nov. 14 for $129.99  —  Today is just another day online.  It's also a day when we received news of a new Nook tablet from Barnes & Noble.
Yuji Nakamura / Bloomberg:
Tencent says it will expand its age and ID verification system, used in Honour of Kings, to its entire games library by 2019  —  - The company started doing so for hit title Honour of Kings  — It will expand to all games as the volume of criticism rises
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Chrome 71, which arrives next month, will block all ads on sites that have persistently shown abusive ads such as fake system messages  —  Chrome 71 arrives next month  —  With Chrome 71, Google is stepping up its fight against the internet's abusive ads problem by blocking every ad on a site that persistently shows them.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPad Pro (2018) review: very powerful with a beautiful screen, but iOS limitations like no USB-C storage support means it is still a poor laptop replacement  —  The thing about bullet trains is that they're always on rails  —  Apple introduced the new iPad Pro with a spectacular series …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Engineer.ai, which has developed a human-assisted AI that aims to empower everyone to build and operate bespoke software, has raised $29.5 million in a Series A  —  Engineer.ai, which has developed a human-assisted AI that aims to empower everyone to build and operate bespoke software, has raised $29.5 million in a Series A round.
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