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November 6, 2018, 7:05 PM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The new Mac mini at top specs, with T2 acting as an SSD controller, is an incredibly fast development machine, and, except for GPU, can serve as a mini Mac Pro  —  Watch the video review  —  I hardly ever think about my Mac Mini, but it serves a vital role for my family as our home-theater mixer …
John Burek / PCMag:
Mac mini (2018) review: connectivity ports galore, many CPU choices, upgradeable RAM, and varied multi-display setup options, but Intel graphics disappoint  —  Terms of use.  —  Starting Configuration Price  —  $799.00  —  PROS  —  Deep connectivity for its size, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Cortana, Javier Soltero, is leaving the company by year's end, as Cortana moves from AI + Research to the Experiences & Devices team  —  Microsoft's head of Cortana is going to depart the company before the year is over, as Microsoft brings more of its research projects …
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 …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Federal judge says in preliminary ruling that Qualcomm must license some of its tech to competitors, in lawsuit brought by FTC against Qualcomm in early 2017  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday that chip seller Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) must license some of its technology to competitors such as Intel Corp (INTC.O).
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Lime names GV partner Joe Kraus, already on the scooter company's board of directors, as its first COO  —  Lime announced more big hiring news this morning with the appointment of Joe Kraus, a general partner at Alphabet's venture arm GV and an existing member of the bike …
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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 …
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, raises $29.5M 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.
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 …

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