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November 8, 2018, 7:20 PM

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Sundar Pichai / The Keyword:
Google says it will make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment claims, provide more info about investigations, expand training, and more  —  At Google we try hard to build a workplace that supports our employees and empowers them to do their best work.
David Gelles / New York Times:
Sundar Pichai on the walkout, company culture, and how, China aside, Google already operates in countries with censorship laws like “right to be forgotten”  —  Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator.  Today, the chief executive …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Disney says its new streaming service will be called Disney+ and will launch in the US in late 2019  —  - Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, will be a home for its past titles and original series, including new content from the Marvel and Star Wars franchises.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Portal and Portal+ review: they work great for video calls using Facebook Messenger, but as general purpose smart displays, they lag behind the competition  —  Facebook's video calling device demands lots of trust for little return  —  It's not often that a new gadget gets announced and I don't immediately want to get my hands on it.
Megan Wollerton / CNET:
Facebook Portal and Portal+ video chat devices go on sale on Thursday on Portal online store, Amazon, and Best Buy  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced retail availability for its Portal Plus and Portal smart displays on the Portal online store, Amazon and Best Buy.
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João Carrasqueira / Neowin:
Microsoft says it is working on a fix after a problem with its activation server causes some Windows 10 Pro PCs to deactivate their licenses  —  Some Windows 10 users are having problems with their Pro licenses today, as users on the company's Community Forums and Reddit are reporting …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Amazon makes the Alexa app, previously available on select laptops, available to all Windows 10 users via Microsoft Store  —  Available in the Microsoft Store  —  Amazon is releasing its Alexa app for Windows 10 today.  While the app has been available on select Windows 10 laptops recently …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Xiaomi opens its first UK store in London and rolls out the flagship Mi 8 Pro, alongside other products, as it continues its push into Europe  —  Xiaomi marked its official entry into the U.K. today with the launch of the Mi 8 Pro, a smartphone with a 6.21-inch screen, alongside a range of other products …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch, available to download now, following Hulu  —  Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles since launch, with plans to sell another 20 million this financial year.  —  That said, Nintendo hasn't seemed too focused on building out its portfolio of non-gaming apps.
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.
Conversations with Tyler:
Eric Schmidt on growing up in Italy, years at Bell Labs, PARC, and Sun, scaling Google, polarization on social platforms, how tech will shape the future, more  —  Subscribe: Apple Podcasts / SoundCloud / RSS  —  The son of an economist, Eric Schmidt eschewed his father's profession …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Bird unveils a new feature called Community Mode, which lets people report badly parked and damaged scooters to the company  —  Scooter company Bird is looking for tattletales.  —  It unveiled a new feature on Thursday called Community Mode, which lets people report badly parked and damaged scooters to the company.
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CNBC:
Yelp reports Q3 revenue of $241M, missing analyst estimates of $245M, and issues weak Q4 guidance; stock down more than 28% after hours  —  - The company reported revenue of $241 million for the quarter, just shy of analyst projections of $245 million.  — “We do not believe there was a single …
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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 …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers says Amazon's AbeBooks has apologized and will not drop booksellers as scheduled on Nov. 30  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A worldwide strike by antiquarian booksellers against an Amazon subsidiary proved successful after two days …

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