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October 17, 2019, 1:50 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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
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.
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The Information to launch a tech news app, Ticker, later this fall, costing $29/year and including summaries of the day's tech headlines and an event calendar  —  Since it was founded by journalist Jessica Lessin in 2013, The Information has stood out in the tech news landscape for its focus on an ad-free …
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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to launch a $10M “anti-monopoly fund” to explore antitrust actions, support research and advocacy projects across industries  —  The fund will explore antitrust actions in a number of industries, not just tech  —  For months, Facebook co-founder …
More: CNBCTweets: @econ_marshall, @chrishughes, and @sarahmillerdcThanks:@tonyromm
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.
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 …
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 …
More: Synchrony and Engadget
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Square announces a chatbot called Square Assistant to let businesses that use its Appointments service confirm, cancel, and reschedule appointments  —  It turns out that a lot of people will avoid picking up the phone to reschedule things, even if it means being a no-show for an upcoming haircut or nail appointment.

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