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November 11, 2018, 7:55 PM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft XO18 roundup: Microsoft acquires game studios inXile and Obsidian, announces 91M+ MAUs for Minecraft, and says Minecraft Marketplace has 77 partners  —  Microsoft is throwing a big fan bash in Mexico City, and it made a lot of news announcements about new games, services, and acquisitions at its XO18 fan event.
Morgan Little / CNET:
Microsoft says mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One is coming on November 14  —  Microsoft revealed the timing for mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One Saturday, announcing that it would launch Wednesday, November 14, among its many other reveals during its X018 event.
Dan Primack / Axios:
SAP announces it will buy user experience management platform Qualtrics, which had planned to go public later this month, for $8B  —  SAP on Sunday night announced that it will purchase Qualtrics, a U.S.-based maker of survey software that had been expected to go public this week, for $8 billion in cash,
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
With ~45% ownership of Qualtrics, the Smiths-CEO Ryan, brother Jared, and father Scott-will be a billionaire family when SAP's $8B Qualtrics acquisition closes  —  Utah-founded cloud unicorn Qualtrics was set to have one of tech's most hotly-anticipated initial public offerings this week.
CoinDesk:
A look at the heated debate raging in the Bitcoin Cash community ahead of the contentious hard fork that may split the cryptocurrency's blockchain on Nov. 15  —  “Do not come crying when you are bankrupt.”  —  Lobbed at those bitcoin cash enthusiasts supporting Bitcoin ABC …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook pressured Palmer Luckey to voice support for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson after anti-Hillary donation; Luckey's exit package was ~$100M  —  Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual-reality pioneer Oculus, was ousted after his political activity sparked a furor within the social-media giant and Silicon Valley
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Don MacAskill, CEO of Flickr-owner SmugMug, on why the service will end Flickr's free 1TB storage and delete all but the last 1,000 photos from free accounts  —  The criticisms started piling up as soon as Flickr said it would end its free terabyte of photo storage and delete all but a member's 1,000 …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple confirms that some iPhone X screens don't respond or respond intermittently when touched, offers free screen replacements for those affected  —  Apple Inc. disclosed a pair of issues affecting two of its more popular products: the iPhone X and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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