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October 28, 2019, 1:10 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: Alphabet has made an offer to buy wearable device maker Fitbit; Fitbit's stock has jumped 30%+ on the news  —  (Reuters) - Google owner Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc (FIT.N), as it eyes a slice of the crowded market …
Apple:
Apple unveils AirPods Pro, with active noise cancellation, transparency mode, silicone ear tip design, and water resistance, coming October 30 for $249  —  All-New Design Features Active Noise Cancellation for Immersive Sound  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced AirPods Pro …
Spotify:
Spotify Q3: paid subs rose 31% YoY to 113M; MAUs grew 30% YoY to 248M; revenue up 28% YoY to €1.73B; net income of €241M, up from €43M in Q3 '18; stock up 16%+  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today reported financial results for the third fiscal quarter …
Angus Crawford / BBC:
Instagram bans drawings and memes related to self-harm or suicide  —  Instagram has pledged to remove images, drawings and even cartoons showing methods of self-harm or suicide.  —  The move is its latest response to the public outcry over the death of British teenager Molly Russell.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on new smart home products with a new team headed by Andreas Gal, the former Mozilla CTO and co-founder of Apple-acquired Silk Labs  —  The iPhone maker's effort in smart-home devices trails rivals.  A new team wants to change that.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia unveils new $149 Shield TV and $199 Shield TV Pro with a faster Tegra X1+ processor, AI-based 4K upscaling, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos support  —  Nvidia has a new family of Android TV-based streaming devices, as tipped early via a couple of leaks from online stores.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft revives Xbox All Access with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Xbox console starting at $20/mo, with the ability to upgrade to Project Scarlett in 2020  —  Xbox All Access bundles from as little as $19.99 per month  —  Microsoft is bringing its Xbox All Access bundle back, just in time for the holiday season.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook AI Research says it has created a system that can modify human faces in live video feeds to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition software  —  Facebook AI Research says it has created a machine learning system for de-identification of individuals in video.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Aviatrix, which provides a common set of networking and security services to enterprise clients with one or more public clouds, raises $40M Series C led by CRV  —  Aviatrix, a five-year-old provider of networking and security services for multi-cloud enterprises, today announced …
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