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November 6, 2018, 1:50 PM

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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 …
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  —  Editors' Rating:  —  4.00  —  EXCELLENT  —  PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page.
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GraphQL, the Facebook-incubated open source data query language, is getting its own foundation with an open governance model, hosted by the Linux Foundation  —  GraphQL, the Facebook -incubated data query language, is moving into its own open-source foundation.

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