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November 7, 2018, 7:15 PM

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Samsung showed off a prototype of its tablet-size two-screen foldable phone, with some aspects obscured, slated for 2019  —  Samsung's foldable prototype smartphone — the one it's teased for months — finally made its debut today at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung debuts One UI, a redesign for its Android skin that has a more minimalist aesthetic, rolling out next year  —  Your hands will be thankful  —  Today at its developer conference, Samsung showcased what it calls One UI and kicked off a new approach to the user experience on Samsung smartphones.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Samsung says it will open its Bixby assistant to third-party developers through an SDK and roll out support for five new languages  —  Samsung today announced the launch of a toolkit for businesses and third-party developers to create voice apps compatible with intelligent assistant Bixby.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces tools for Android devs: new Kotlin language release, more ways to get users to update apps quickly, and Android Studio IDE headed to Chrome OS  —  At its Android Dev Summit, Google today announced a number of new tools and features for developers that write apps for its mobile operating system.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says Android developers should use native APIs to support “Foldables”, to help avoid further fragmentation, as Samsung and others tease folding devices  —  Developers can turn on support for folding displays right now  —  Google is officially announcing support for a category …
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
A detailed look at iPad Pro's A12X chip, with an improved neural engine, performance, and graphics, and what it may say about Apple's future chips  —  Apple's Anand Shimpi, Phil Schiller talk silicon—"This is really an Xbox One S class GPU."  —  BROOKLYN—Apple's new iPad Pro sports several …
Associated Press:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before an “international grand committee” of Canadian and UK MPs to discuss fake news on November 27  —  LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Google's walkout was a watershed moment for tech, when 20,000+ employees, many flexing their professional skills and using in-house tools, pressured leadership  —  Outsiders have little leverage to force the industry to change.  The companies' own workers are another matter.
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon begins mailing a physical holiday toy catalog to customers, with QR codes to help find items, as it adopts tactics from traditional retailers  —  - Amazon is shipping its first-ever printed holiday toy catalog to millions of customers starting this month.  —  Amazon's first-ever printed holiday shopping catalog is here.
Shirin Ghaffary / Recode:
San Francisco passes Prop C, raising taxes by ~0.5% on annual gross receipts of companies making $50M+ like Square, Lyft, Salesforce  —  The contentious measure, Prop C, has divided tech leaders.  —  San Francisco voters passed a measure that has divided the tech community and sparked …
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
Computerization, which simplified tasks in many industries, has largely failed to achieve the same result in healthcare, causing many doctors to hate their PCs  —  Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient.  But are screens coming between doctors and patients?
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q3 revenue up 39% YoY to $173.4M, streaming hours up 63% YoY to 6.2B; over 25% of smart TVs sold in US were Roku TVs; stock down 12%+ after hours  —  Roku continues its transition from a hardware company to a company that primarily makes money with advertising at a rapid pace.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Twilio reports Q3 revenue of $168.9M, up 68% YoY, vs $150M est., and strong Q4 guidance of $183M-$185M in revenue, vs $161.4M est.; stock closes up 35%  —  - SendGrid, an email marketing company Twilio said last month it was acquiring for $2 billion, also surged over 35 percent Wednesday on the news.
More: Twilio Inc. and ZDNet
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger will soon let users remove sent messages within 10 minutes after posting, release notes for an update to the iOS app say  —  Soon you can have Zuckerberg powers  —  Facebook Messenger will soon allow you to delete sent messages up to 10 minutes after you've originally sent them.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Comcast plans to debut an internet-connected home hub next year for broadband-only subs that will aggregate streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime  —  - Comcast is planning to debut a product to broadband-only customers that will allow them to aggregate certain streaming apps, such as Netflix and Amazon Video.
More: Reuters, 9to5Mac, and Axios
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma says that WeChat now has 1M mini programs and 200M people are using them every day  —  They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent's mini program initiative to develop ‘apps’ that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked …
More: PYMNTS.com and iMoreTweets: @mdudas
The Guardian:
Facebook says it will not make political ad disclosure rules mandatory in UK on Nov. 7, says it wants to ensure the accuracy of disclaimers under the ads first  —  Exclusive: Social network says it is improving process to stop abuse of disclaimer system  —  Facebook is delaying its plans …
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Report: investment in early-stage technology startups in Europe increased 4X to €3.6B in H1 2018, compared to the same period in 2015  —  We're thrilled to announce our latest report, developed in close partnership with Stripe and Techstars and launched today on the main stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon.

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