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October 2, 2019, 11:05 PM

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Lauren Goode / Wired:
Satya Nadella and Panos Panay Q&A on aiming to create a new device category with its dual-screen devices, not positioning Duo as a traditional phone, and more  —  It folds, but the screen isn't foldable.  It sort of fits in your pocket.  It has a camera.  And it makes phone calls—but don't you dare call it a phone.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Surface Duo, a folding Android phone with two inner-facing 5.6" displays, coming late 2020  —  It runs Android and will release holiday 2020  —  Microsoft had one last surprise at its Surface event: a foldable Surface Duo phone that runs Android.
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott:
Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 3 in $999+ 13.5-inch and $1,199+ AMD-powered 15-inch variants with USB-C, fast charging, and new colors, arriving October 22  —  Microsoft is introducing the third-generation of the Surface Laptop today.  At its New York event, the company just took the wraps off …
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Google brings incognito mode to Maps, expands auto-delete history to YouTube, and adds better privacy controls to Google Assistant  —  Our goal has always been to create products that are simple, helpful, and intuitive.  It's no different with privacy and security: managing your data …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google launches Password Checkup, which checks if users' saved passwords have been breached elsewhere, available for the Google web dashboard and Android  —  Google's Password Checkup is currently available for Android devices and Google's web dashboard.  —  Google launched today …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First look at Surface Neo, a dual-screen device with highly differentiated features like a keyboard that slides down to reveal a WonderBar touch screen area  —  The Courier dream is alive  —  Microsoft is creating a new version of Windows 10, designed exclusively for dual-screen and foldable devices.
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Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
An icon found in iOS 13.2 beta resembles an earlier leaked image of the alleged next generation AirPods  —  Rumors about new Apple AirPods with noise cancellation aren't exactly new, dating back a couple of years.  But now a glyph found in iOS 13.2 reveals what the new AirPods with noise cancellation will look like.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Following scrutiny, Apple says it will release an iOS update later this year that will let Siri default to frequently-used third-party messaging apps  —  Apple Inc. said it will ease some restrictions on developers of third-party apps, responding to a Bloomberg News story about the rise …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces Action Blocks, a new accessibility tool that lets users create shortcuts for common multi-step tasks using Assistant  —  Google today announced Action Blocks, a new accessibility tool that allows you to create shortcuts for common multi-step tasks with the help of the Google Assistant.
McKenzie Funk / New York Times:
An in-depth look at how ICE, under Obama and then Trump, has aggressively used big data, fed by social media, to clamp down on undocumented immigrants  —  After two officers came to a Pacific Northwest community, longtime residents began to disappear — a testament to the agency's quiet embrace of big data.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
London-based Impala, which is building a layer on top of legacy hotel systems to standardize everything with a modern REST API, raises $11M Series A  —  Meet Impala, a London-based startup that wants to make it easier to interact with hotel data.  The startup is building a layer on top …
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