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October 17, 2019, 12:20 AM

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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $5.25B, up 31% YoY, 158M paid subs globally, up 21% YoY, as net adds increase to 6.8M, up 12% YoY but below 7M company forecast  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings split the company in two in 2011, thinking that the growing ubiquity of high-speed Internet access …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US, UK, and South Korea dismantle one of the largest child exploitation dark web sites, with 200K unique videos; over three dozen people have been arrested  —  The Justice Department says it's dismantled one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
FCC has formally approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint on a party-line vote, with Democrats dissenting  —  But the deal won't close just yet  —  On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission formally approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, an FCC official told The Verge.
Jordan Pearson / VICE:
Yahoo says it is shutting down its long-running Yahoo Groups platform on October 21 and will permanently delete all posted content on December 14  —  Users won't be able to upload new content to the site after October 21 and have until December 14 to archive their content, Yahoo said in an announcement.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Mike Isaac's book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, will be the basis for a Showtime series by Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien  —  Brian Koppelman and David Levien are developing a limited series about ridesharing company Uber for Showtime.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Google's “ambient computing” vision, powered by smartphones and in-home devices, plays to its strengths, but challenges remain, like high costs to consumers  —  The most surprising revelation from yesterday's Made by Google 19 keynote came in Google Senior Vice President of Devices …
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation: US ad agency Ads Inc. ran a subscription-based Facebook scam whereby users rented their account to Ads Inc., which ran $50M in ads since 2016  —  Asher Burke built his company, Ads Inc, on the back of one of the internet's most persistent, lucrative, and sophisticated scams — the subscription trap.
Rob Merrick / The Independent:
After delays, the UK government quietly drops its controversial plan to implement an age verification requirement for porn websites  —  The long-delayed measure - one of the first of its kind in any democratic country - had been plagued by legal and technical difficulties
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Instagram is rolling out new features over six months that help users manage third-party app permissions, including removing them and seeing requested data  —  See who has your data at a glance  —  Instagram has added a new feature for users to control the data they're sharing with third-party apps.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google pulls Google Clips, its AI-powered automatic camera from 2017, from its store  —  Google makes a lot of bets on AI, but one of its most strange was that of Google Clips.  Launched in 2017, the camera was designed to take pictures completely on its own to capture moments that it otherwise wouldn't.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
With the Pixel 4, Google is debuting its first voice recorder mobile app, which can transcribe speech in real time without an internet connection  —  Google is debuting a new voice recorder app on the Pixel 4, and it has some features that very much set it apart from traditional recorder apps.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Inside's Apple steep learning curve with TV+ and Hollywood, as sources say the company already well outspent its projected $1B annual content budget  —  After a few false starts and a little offscreen drama, AppleTV+ finally makes its big debut with a slate of shows, Jennifer Aniston …

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