October 31, 2019, 4:35 PM

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Canalys: Huawei shipped 41.5M smartphones in China in Q3, up 66% YoY, growing its country marketshare to 42% from 25% last year  —  The China (mainland) smartphone market improved sequentially in Q3 2019 as shipments reached 97.8 million, from 97.6 million units in Q2.</a> China is still shrinking …
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In an earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's political ads policy, estimates ads from politicians will be less than 0.5% of company's revenue in 2020  —  As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact check politicians' ads.
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FireEye: Chinese state-backed hacker group APT41 is using malware called MESSAGETAP to parse and save SMS traffic from a telecom's network at scale  —  FireEye Mandiant recently discovered a new malware family used by APT41 (a Chinese APT group) that is designed to monitor and save SMS traffic …
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Samsung posts Q3 operating profit of $6.6B, down 56% YoY, on revenue of $53B, while the revenue from its mobile division grew 17.4% YoY to ~$25.2B  —  Samsung was hit hard in its third quarter by the slowdown in tech.  The company on Wednesday reported a steep drop in operating profit amid ongoing weakness in the chip industry.
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
Github is doubling down on its ICE contract, saying cancellation could “hurt the very people we all want to help” in internal memo, among rising employee anger  —  When GitHub Chief Executive Nat Friedman announced on Oct. 9 his company would donate half a million dollars …
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Qoo10 acquires Indian ecommerce company Shopclues; sources: the deal values ShopClues, which claimed a valuation of $1.1B in 2016, between $50M and $80M  —  Qoo10, a Singapore-based e-commerce firm has acquired India's online marketplace ShopClues in an all-stock deal, the two companies said Thursday.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
The Defense Innovation Board, a Pentagon advisory board led by Eric Schmidt, unveils principles for the US military to apply to combat and non-combat AI systems  —  The Defense Innovation Board, a panel of 16 prominent technologists advising the Pentagon, today voted to approve AI ethics principles for the Department of Defense.
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A look at how US airports like LAX and O'Hare are trying to solve congestion caused by ride-hailing pickups by experimenting with ideas like PIN-based pickup  —  Earlier this month, I landed at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas and got out my phone to call an Uber.

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