October 28, 2016, 9:50 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
MacBook Pro hands-on: Touch Bar is well-integrated into apps like Mail and Photos, and with a matte finish it's not too bright to be distracting  —  I'm sold on the Touch Bar  —  The new MacBook Pro is here — literally available for preorder today — and I've just tried it.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
New MacBooks lose most ports including MagSafe, HDMI, SD, Thunderbolt 2, old USB; users will need to buy dongles to connect devices to new USB-C ports  —  Apple just introduced a shiny, super thin new MacBook Pro.  But for what was birthed, a lot of widely-held standards had to die.
Apple's Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive on the role of Macs moving forward, keeping iOS and macOS distinct from one another, Touch Bar, more  —  APPLE UPDATES ITS TOP-OF-THE-LINE LAPTOP, THE MACBOOK PRO.  In exclusive interviews, Apple executives explain why it was over four years …
Henry T. Casey / Laptop Mag:
MacBook Pro vs Surface Book: similar performance, but higher resolution and longer battery life for Surface Book, primary difference is in how touch is used  —  This week Apple and Microsoft revealed their latest visions for notebook computing, giving users a real choice for how they interact with their devices.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
“Celebgate” hacker Ryan Collins sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal hacking charges and admitting to a two-year phishing scam  —  Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne
Troy Hunt:
Health data of 550K Australian blood donors made public in Red Cross data breach, believed to be Australia's largest ever leak of personal data  —  I don't give blood as much as I should.  My wife has a much better track record than me, regularly donating not just blood but plasma and platelets as well.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Alphabet reports Q3 2016 revenue of $22.4B, up 20% YoY, as cost-per-click declines 11% YoY  —  Alphabet's strategy of trying to stuff the difference between declining mobile advertising value with additional clicks appears to still be paying off as the company once again showed Wall Street …
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
PlayStation Vue now available on Android TV; support for Macs and Windows PCs coming soon  —  Sony's TV streaming service is launching today on Android TV.  —  With today's launch, PlayStation Vue will be available on all recent Android TV devices, including dedicated streaming boxes and TVs that have it built in.
Sources: CenturyLink and Level 3 in advanced talks to merge in deal that could value post-merger company at $50B  —  CenturyLink Inc (CTL.N) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT.N) are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create …
Surface helps Apple MacBook owners trade up to Pen and on-screen touch  —  Receive up to $650 off a Surface Pro or Surface Book when trading-in a MacBook.
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Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Vine lost its lead, stars, and audience to Snapchat and Instagram after its 2014 peak as Twitter did little to help it evolve  —  Jerome Jarre hasn't posted on Vine in more than a year.  The 26-year-old goofy Frenchman once ruled the six-second looping video platform, where he drew in millions …
UK employment tribunal rules Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks, and National Living Wage  —  Uber drivers in the UK have won an employment tribunal case which ruled they are workers rather than self-employed.  —  The decision means drivers …
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Amazon reports Q3 2016 revenue of $32.71B, meeting expectations, but $0.52 EPS is below $0.78 expected; stock drops 5% after hours  —  Amazon posted third-quarter earnings per share of 52 cents on revenue of $32.71 billion on Thursday.  —  Analysts expected the online retail giant …


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