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Amazon Has Pulled Its Ads From Bloomberg Over China Hack Story

Amazon Has Pulled Its Ads From Bloomberg Over China Hack Story

Amazon pulled its fourth-quarter advertisements from Bloomberg’s website, a move some within the media giant think is retribution for Bloomberg’s controversial storyalleging that Chinese spies hacked into the online retailer’s servers. According to a source in a position to know, Amazon’s digital media buyer, Initiative, informed Bloomberg’s sales staff on Oct. 16 that it would cancel its ad buys for the fourth quarter due to budget cuts. Internally, the source said, the staff received that decision, made only eight days after a previous communication with Initiative confirming that the ads would run, as a direct response to Amazon’s displeasure over the Oct. 4 story. (Amazon announced Thursday that its marketing expenses for Q3 2018 were $3.3 billion, up more than $800 million from the year before.)
The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

A little-known but highly influential group of attorneys from across the country will soon meet in Detroit and could change our skies forever. They claim their draft model legislation concerning drones will help protect privacy. However, their actions could have far-reaching effects on innovation, safety and future drone operations. The state-appointed members of theUniform Law Commission (ULC) aim to promote uniformity by proposing model legislation for consideration by legislatures across the country.
New York City Opens a City-Funded AR/VR Lab In Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New York City Opens a City-Funded AR/VR Lab In Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New York City wants to make an old naval yard in Brooklyn a hotbed for virtual reality and augmented reality. City officials, professors and entrepreneurs on Thursday gathered in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard for the opening of RLab, a 16,000-square-foot center that will house AR and VR startups while also providing research, education and training for New Yorkers working with the emerging technologies.
Alibaba Cloud Blockchain as a Service goes global

Alibaba Cloud Blockchain as a Service goes global

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba group, has announced that its Blockchain as a Service (Baas) is now available in South East Asia, the US and Europe. Alibaba Cloud BaaS only launched in China last August, and Alibaba says it has already successfully enabled development of blockchain applications in the public benefits system, logistics, and medical industries.
Amazon plunges 10% on revenue and guidance miss

Amazon plunges 10% on revenue and guidance miss

Amazon's third-quarter earnings beat Street estimates, but its revenue and fourth-quarter outlook fell short of expectations, causing the stock to plunge in extended trading. The company gave fourth-quarter revenue guidance in the range of $66.5 billion and $72.5 billion, well-below consensus of $73.79 billion. The fourth quarter is the biggest and most important sales period for Amazon because of the holidays.
Democrats Hope Legal Weed Will Smoke GOP At The Ballot Box

Democrats Hope Legal Weed Will Smoke GOP At The Ballot Box

Democrats are raising huge sums of cash ahead of November’s midterm elections, but they’re hoping another kind of green wave will help them at the ballot box. In races at the local, state, and federal level, Democratic candidates are embracing the legalization of some form of marijuana ― if not for recreational use, then purely for medicinal purposes ― at a rate not seen in previous elections.
Pending home sales snap back in September after 4-month losing streak

Pending home sales snap back in September after 4-month losing streak

U.S. pending home sales edged up 0.5% to a reading of 104.6 in September from 104.1 in August, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The consensus forecast among economists surveyed by Econoday was for no change. What happened: NAR’s index, which tracks real estate contract signings, snapped a four-month losing streak. But it was lower than year-ago levels for the ninth month in a row, this time by 1.0%.
Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms?

Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms?

Four years after bitcoin was allowed in federal elections, most states are still in the dark about how to handle the donations. Democrat Brian Forde raised nearly half a million dollars of bitcoin for his unsuccessful bid for a California congressional seat this year but then had to field questions from election watchdogs about a contribution from Hong Kong. Republican Austin Petersen, a U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, received the largest single bitcoin donation in federal election history but was forced to return the virtual currency in June because it exceeded federal contribution limits.
Microsoft officially completed its acquisition of GitHub on October 26, 2018.

Microsoft officially completed its acquisition of GitHub on October 26, 2018.

Starting Monday, October 29, 2018, Nat Friedman will be GitHub's new CEO. In a blog post, Friedman reiterates GitHub will continue to operate independently and "developer-first" values, while offering a glimpse into what he plans to work on while CEO. Friedman says GitHub will now focus even more on its paper cuts project, improving core scenarios, making GitHub actions more widely available, and more.
iPhone XR goes on sale around the world, but fans mostly stay home

iPhone XR goes on sale around the world, but fans mostly stay home

The iPhone XR might have been dubbed the best value iPhone in years, but shoppers weren't giving it the usual show of love. The Apple Store in Sydney is normally a hive of activity on iPhone launch day, but in the hour before opening its doors for Day 1 of iPhone XR sales, the usual queues were nowhere to be seen. The usual crowds that line up for Apple's newest smartphones didn't bother to show for the iPhone XR. Apple Stores around the world opened their doors on Friday for the first day selling the iPhone XR, and while Apple has offered something a little different than on previous launches -- more colors and arguably the best bang for your buck from the iPhone in years -- the queues were nowhere to be seen. 
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