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11/15/2018

Google added a Night Sight feature to its Pixel phones, which allow users to take high-quality images in low visibility. The high-tech feature is more than a simple long-exposure system, instead segmenting exposure into multiple frames to capture the best images.

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11/15/2018

Google Assistant will receive several updates, including one to the broadcast feature that allows users to send messages from their phones to their in-house smart displays and speakers. Recipients of these broadcast messages will now be able to reply directly from the same device.

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Google
11/15/2018

Pandora is pursuing podcast fans with its Podcast Genome Project, allowing users to find podcasts they might like. The feature will draw on technology and human curation, much like Pandora's similar project for music.

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Pandora
11/15/2018

Legrand, the world's largest manufacturer of switches and sockets, has purchased French smart home startup Netatmo. Specifics were not disclosed.

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TechCrunch
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Legrand, Netatmo
11/15/2018

Netflix is reportedly considering a mobile-only subscription plan to cater to the growing pool of consumers who stream the service solely on mobile devices. This plan could cut the cost of the subscription by 50%.

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The Verge, Quartz
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Netflix
11/15/2018

CableLabs has launched the Micronets network management platform, which will employ artificial intelligence to provide customers with better security and management options. "Users have full control over which devices are added, and CableLabs Micronets automatically monitors and segments devices into separate, policy-driven trust domains to protect the devices, data, and the user," said CableLabs' vice president of security technologies, Michael Glenn.

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VentureBeat
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CableLabs
11/15/2018

Apple is offering refurbished HomePods in the online store that are about $50 cheaper than the original versions. However, Black Friday deals from retailers might be even lower, as Best Buy is reportedly selling new HomePods for $250.

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The Verge
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Apple, Best Buy
11/15/2018

Uber has posted single-digit growth in all three quarters so far in 2018, down from double digits in each of 2017's quarters. The slower pace contributed to a $1.07 billion loss for the third quarter, down 27% from the record loss a year before.

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Reuters
11/15/2018

Walmart is acquiring Latin American grocery-delivery app Cornershop with an eye on North America. A Cornershop executive says expansion is planned in Canada as a test for eventual viability in the US.

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Reuters
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Walmart, Cornershop
11/14/2018

Dolby's Dimension over-the-ear headphones, the first consumer product the company built itself, were designed specifically for use by individuals who want to binge watch TV shows or videos. The headphones offer up to 15 hours of battery life and are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core ARM processor.

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Engadget
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Dolby, Qualcomm