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October 17, 2019, 12:35 PM

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Ju-min Park / Reuters:
Samsung says it will issue a patch for a fingerprint recognition bug on its Galaxy S10 phone that allowed any fingerprint to unlock the phone  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it will soon roll out a software patch to fix problems with fingerprint recognition on its flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone.
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.
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  —  Shares of Netflix surged 8% in premarket trading after the company late Wednesday released its earnings report for the third quarter.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces two new open-source projects, Open Application Model and Dapr, to make it easier for developers to build cloud, edge, and Kubernetes apps  —  Microsoft is introducing two new specs, the Open Application Model and Dapr, with the aim of making building cloud, edge and Kubernetes apps easier.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Report: Airbnb doubled Q1 losses YoY to $306M, with revenue growing 31% YoY to $839M, as the company prepares for its planned IPO in 2020  —  - Airbnb's losses doubled in the first quarter, largely as a result of increased marketing spend, The Information reported.
Chris Fox / BBC:
Google confirms the Pixel 4's Face Unlock can allow access to users' devices even if their eyes are closed  —  Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone's Face Unlock system can allow access to a person's device even if they have their eyes closed.  —  One security expert …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max review: the Pro and Pro Max models are worthwhile generational upgrades, but the regular iPhone 11 is not very impressive  —  It's been a little over a year since our review of the iPhone XS and XS Max, and it's that time of the year to investigate Apple's latest and greatest: the iPhone 11 family.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Facebook's attempt to launch its cryptocurrency, as major partners and most payments providers withdraw from Libra Association amid regulatory pressure  —  Major partners bolted after Washington challenged the social-media giant's foray into finance  —  David Marcus gathered …
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Lyft launches Jobs Access Program to provide free and subsidized rides to the unemployed and those seeking job training in 35+ markets in the US and Canada  —  In March, hot on the heels of its initial public offering, Lyft announced City Works, a $50 million program seeking to strengthen …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Invoca, which provides AI-powered call tracking and conversational analytics, raises $56M, bringing its total raised to $116M  —  It's predicted that the annual number of mobile phone calls to businesses will reach 169 billion by 2020, and that click-to-call — web integrations enabling real-time calls …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal's Venmo says it plans to launch its first credit card in 2020 in partnership with Synchrony, which also issues PayPal-branded credit cards  —  Venmo announced today its plans to launch its first-ever credit card.  The card is being issued partnership with Synchrony …
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.

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