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November 8, 2018, 9:10 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Samsung teases foldable phone that acts as a phone when closed and a tablet when opened, says mass production will begin within months  —  Our foldable future is here  —  Samsung has been teasing its foldable smartphone for weeks, and now the company has unveiled it for the first time today.
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:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is planning an expansion of its NYC real estate, which currently houses ~7,000 employees, to add space for an additional 12,000+  —  Nears office property deal in Manhattan's West Village for enough space to multiply city workforce  —  Google is gearing up for an expansion …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair full-time  —  - Tesla delivered its largest quarterly profit in the company's history in the third quarter of 2018, reporting about $6.8 billion …
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:
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Source says Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin and “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100M”  —  Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin, Axios reports.  The deal, according to a source close to the matter, “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100m.”
Will Oremus / Slate:
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Comcast aims to ship a home hub with a voice-enabled remote next year for broadband-only subs that aggregates 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.
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Erica E. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Turvo, a collaborative logistics startup, raises $60M Series B led by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment  —  Mubadala Investment joins Series B round for Silicon Valley-based Turvo  —  Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co. is leading a new $60 million investment round …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
RealtimeBoard, a whiteboarding platform that allows teams to collaborate remotely, raises $25M Series A led by Accel, with Altair Capital participating  —  RealtimeBoard, a whiteboarding platform that allows teams to collaborate remotely, has raised $25 million in a series A round of funding led by Accel …
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Reuters:
Sources: Alibaba's newly formed on-demand online services unit is valued at $30B after raising $4B, with $3B coming from Alibaba and SoftBank's Vision Fund  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group's newly formed on-demand online services unit has rocketed in value to as much as $30 billion …
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.
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.

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