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November 28, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Bloomberg:
AWS debuts Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, to sway customers from Microsoft, and Glacier Deep Archive as a cheaper data storage option, coming in 2019  —  - Internet giant seeks to maintain lead in cloud computing  — New tools aim to lower costs, win business from Microsoft
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
AWS announces DeepRacer, a 1/18th scale radio-controlled car with a cloud environment to train reinforcement learning models, and an autonomous racing league  —  GeekWire is reporting this week from Amazon's signature cloud technology conference in Las Vegas, as the public cloud giant announces new products …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google rebrands Project Fi to Google Fi and adds support for iPhones, currently in beta, and the “majority” of Android devices  —  Looks like the MVNO is here to stay  —  Three years after it first launched, Google is making its cell service a little more official today.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Amid worries about demand for iPhone XR, Apple VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak says it's “been our most popular iPhone” every day since it became available  —  Apple's iPhone XR has been outselling the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max every day since the cheaper, colorful phone hit the market last month.
Wall Street Journal:
Unredacted emails from Six4Three case show Facebook staff seeking to charge devs and advertisers for user data in 2012-2014; Facebook says it decided against it  —  Internal emails in court filings viewed by The Wall Street Journal provide a window into a document trove a British lawmaker plans to release soon
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
The Army says Microsoft won a $480M contract for prototypes of AR systems for combat missions and training which could lead to 100K+ headset purchases  —  Microsoft Corp. has won a $480 million contract to supply prototypes for augmented reality systems to the Army for use on combat missions and in training, the Army said.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
DOJ indicts two Iranian nationals for creating and deploying the SamSam ransomware, which caused $30M in losses and had 200+ victims  —  U.S. federal prosectors have indicted two Iranian nationals for creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware.  —  Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram begins rolling out a tool that describes photos for visually impaired users using AI or user descriptions  —  They'll know what they're seeing  —  Instagram announced today that it's rolling out new features that'll make the app easier to use for people with visual impairments.
Larry Cermak / The Block:
Steemit, a social network that rewards users with its own cryptocurrency, says it's laying off nearly 70% of its team, after its currency declined 96%  —  Steemit, the company behind a blogging website that uses the Steem blockchain and cryptocurrency to reward publishers and curators …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is launching its “Today In” local news section in 400 US cities, after beginning testing it in January  —  Facebook has a new area of its app it will have to police for fake news and biased sensationalism.  Facebook is launching “Today In”, its local news aggregator …
Jessi Hempel / LinkedIn:
Silicon Valley should move past its glowing perception of the Zuckerberg-Sandberg paradigm, where the challenges created by a brash CEO are tackled by the COO  —  Sheryl Sandberg had been working at Facebook for just 13 days the first time we sat down for an interview.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Dell says it detected hackers “attempting to extract Dell.com customer information”, such as customer names, email addresses, and hashed passwords, on Nov. 9  —  Company says it detected an intrusion at the start of the month, but financial data was not exposed.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it is phasing out sponsored product ads on baby registries, which attach a small “sponsored” label, after some users found them deceptive  —  Unwanted gifts arrive after friends say company's baby registries tricked them  —  Kima Nieves recently received two Aveeno bath …

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