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November 8, 2018, 11:15 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.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Portal and Portal Plus review: 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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Some experts say Facebook performed well for the midterms, but disinformation and false news still spread fast, requiring outsiders' monitoring and prodding  —  After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace of the kind of Russian troll stampede …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google renames its popular Android storage management app Files Go to Files by Google and says it is now used by over 30M people each month  —  Google is renaming Files Go, its lightweight files app for phones with limited storage, to “Files by Google” to reflect that the app works no matter …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Amazon makes Alexa app available to all Windows 10 users via Microsoft Store; the app was previously available only on select laptops  —  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 …
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.”
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.
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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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.
Reuters:
Netflix CCO announces plans to produce 17 original productions in Asia including shows in Chinese and Thai as it looks abroad for growth  —  Jonathan Weber, Aradhana Aravindan  —  * Firm seeing quicker subscriber growth outside U.S.  —  * To make 17 more original productions in Asia
Rachel England / Engadget:
Facebook expands Facebook Dating, which launched as a test in Colombia in September, to Canada and Thailand  —  Facebook's quest to help singletons find love continues.  After launching its Dating feature in Colombia in September, it's now rolling the service out to Canada and Thailand.

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