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Development of digital-accessibility maps for disabled people is being spurred by new apps but many challenges remain as most maps depend on…

Aimi Hamraie / The Atlantic : Development of digital-accessibility maps for disabled people is being spurred by new apps but many challenges remain as most maps depend on visual/textual data   —  A new breed of accessibility apps can make life easier for people with disabilities.  They can also make it harder.

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Sources: Alibaba’s newly formed on-demand online services unit is valued at $30B after raising $4B, with $3B coming from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision…

Reuters : Sources: Alibaba's newly formed on-demand online services unit is valued at $30B after raising $4B, with $3B coming from Alibaba and SoftBank's Vision Fund   —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group's newly formed on-demand online services unit has rocketed in value to as much as $30 billion …

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Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair…

Lora Kolodny / CNBC : Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair full-time   —  - Tesla delivered its largest quarterly profit in the company's history in the third quarter of 2018, reporting about $6.8 billion …

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Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair…

Lora Kolodny / CNBC : Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair full-time   —  - Tesla delivered its largest quarterly profit in the company's history in the third quarter of 2018, reporting about $6.8 billion …

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Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair…

Lora Kolodny / CNBC : Tesla names board member and Telstra CFO Robyn Denholm as Chairman of the Board, replacing Elon Musk; Denholm to leave Telstra to work as Tesla chair full-time   —  - Tesla delivered its largest quarterly profit in the company's history in the third quarter of 2018, reporting about $6.8 billion …

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China’s Xinhua News Agency launches “composite anchors”, which combine images and voices of human anchors with text via AI tech from internet company…

Li Tao / South China Morning Post : China's Xinhua News Agency launches “composite anchors”, which combine images and voices of human anchors with text via AI tech from internet company Sogou   —  - AI anchors have the ability to work 24 hours a day provided human editors keep inputting text into the system

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Facebook Portal and Portal Plus video chat devices go on sale on Thursday on Portal online store, Amazon, and Best Buy (Megan Wollerton/CNET)

Megan Wollerton / CNET : Facebook Portal and Portal Plus video chat devices go on sale on Thursday on Portal online store, Amazon, and Best Buy   —  Enlarge Image  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced retail availability for its Portal Plus and Portal smart displays on the Portal online store, Amazon and Best Buy.

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New Congress could align around imposing privacy rules on US tech giants, and directing new funds to improve internet service in rural parts of the…

Cristiano Lima / Politico : New Congress could align around imposing privacy rules on US tech giants, and directing new funds to improve internet service in rural parts of the country   —  With help from John Hendel, Ashley Gold, Nancy Scola and Margaret Harding McGill  —  Editor's Note: This edition of Morning Tech …

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Facebook, others made demonstrable progress in combating misinformation during the midterms but the problem is not going away due to engagement-based…

Will Oremus / Slate : Facebook, others made demonstrable progress in combating misinformation during the midterms but the problem is not going away due to engagement-based algorithms   —  Facebook and others have gotten more serious about hoaxes, hate speech, propaganda, and foreign election interference.

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Some experts say Facebook performed well for the midterms, but disinformation and false news still spread fast, requiring outsiders’ monitoring and…

Kevin Roose / New York Times : Some experts say Facebook performed well for the midterms, but disinformation and false news still spread fast, requiring outsiders' monitoring and prodding   —  After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace of the kind of Russian troll stampede …

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Dutch police say they decrypted 258,000+ messages sent using IronChat, which claims to have end-to-end encryption, as part of a money laundering probe…

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica : Dutch police say they decrypted 258,000+ messages sent using IronChat, which claims to have end-to-end encryption, as part of a money laundering probe   —  Weakness allowed cops to monitor encrypted messages for some time.  —  Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted …

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Samsung teases foldable phone that acts as a phone when closed and a tablet when opened, says mass production will begin within months (Tom Warren/The…

Tom Warren / The Verge : Samsung teases foldable phone that acts as a phone when closed and a tablet when opened, says mass production will begin within months   —  Our foldable future is here  —  Samsung has been teasing its foldable smartphone for weeks, and now the company has unveiled it for the first time today.

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Sources: Google is planning an expansion of its NYC real estate, which currently houses ~7,000 employees, to add space for an additional 12,000+ (Wall…

Wall Street Journal : Sources: Google is planning an expansion of its NYC real estate, which currently houses ~7,000 employees, to add space for an additional 12,000+   —  Nears office property deal in Manhattan's West Village for enough space to multiply city workforce  —  Google is gearing up for an expansion …

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Source says Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin and “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100M” (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch : Source says Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin and “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100M”   —  Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin, Axios reports.  The deal, according to a source close to the matter, “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100m.”

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