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November 5, 2018, 11:05 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPad Pro (2018) review: extremely powerful with a beautiful screen, but iOS quirks 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon in late-stage talks with several cities including Crystal City, VA, Dallas, New York for HQ2, may place smaller operations in runner-up cities  —  The tech giant's decision, which may be announced in November, could include multiple locations involving smaller sites
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
An expert says Georgia's voter registration site looks poorly secured, but the secretary of state, a candidate for governor, appears to deflect blame to rivals  —  IN DECEMBER 2016, Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp accused the Department of Homeland Security of attempting to hack his office's systems …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon waives $25 minimum spend to offer free Christmas deliveries for all US customers  —  Amazon has announced its latest plan to coin in on the lucrative Christmas shopping extravaganza: free deliveries for all customers with no minimum spend required.  —  The ecommerce giant has dabbled …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Intel announces Xeon E-2100 CPUs aimed at low-end servers and Cascade Lake AP, a top-end variant of the next gen Xeon Scalable processors, with up to 48 cores  —  The AP does not stand for ‘AMD P**-off’  —  In brief Intel will today talk up two new Xeon processor family members: Cascade Lake Advanced Performance (AP), and the E-2100.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
SoftBank reports Q2 profits of $6.2B, more than half of which came from Vision Fund investments as Masayoshi Son says fund will continue to invest Saudi money  —  SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son is starting to see the benefits of his enormous technology investments …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Unlike 10 years ago when Steve Jobs unveiled the first MacBook Air, the newest one faces strong competition from Windows PCs and Apple's own iPads  —  It's not the same as 2008  —  Steve Jobs changed the world of laptops 10 years ago when he introduced the MacBook Air by removing it from a tiny paper office envelope.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify announces a stock buyback program, says it will buy back up to $1B worth of stock before April 21, 2021  —  In a move aimed at boosting its falling stock price, Spotify this morning announced it would buy back up to $1.0 billion worth of stock - up to 10 million in ordinary shares.
Yang Ziyu / Sixth Tone:
Weibo gives 1,638 media accounts and 1,322 Chinese government-affiliated accounts the ability to directly flag content as fake news with a customizable notice  —  Nearly 3,000 ‘credible’ accounts will get the authority to flag posts as fake news without any screening from Weibo.

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Smartsheet:
Six soft skills you need to drive digital transformation  —  Technical skills are easy to focus on when building a team.  But a new study found that 57 percent of business leaders say soft skills are even more important.
Mattermost:
Why Mattermost built a Kubernetes Operator  —  Mattermost built an “operator” that installs and manages the open source Slack alternative through simple commands that require only limited Kubernetes knowledge.
Zoho:
eDiscovery part two: best and worst practices  —  In part one of our eDiscovery series, we discussed the basics of email retention and eDiscovery.  As you implement a new email retention policy or look into replacing …
CircleCI:
A deep dive into Okta's stack  —  CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber interviews Okta President of Technology Hector Aguilar to talk through and draw the authentication engine that powers the web.
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