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Despite a strong Q3 earnings report, Square’s Q4 forecast disappoints investors – TechCrunch

Despite a strong third-quarter earnings report, Square’s forecast for the final quarter of this year gave investors pause, sending its share price down 6 percent in after hours trading before it gradually climbed up again. Square’s adjusted revenue grew 68 percent year-over-year to $431 million, beating expectations from analysts polled …

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Facebook connects Russia to 100+ accounts it removed ahead of mid-terms – TechCrunch

The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency, according to a new statement from the company. It says that a site claiming association with the IRA today posted a list of Instagram …

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Bonobos and Nike get their own branded shops on Walmart’s Jet.com – TechCrunch

Last year, Walmart acquired menswear site Bonobos for $310 million in cash. Now the retailer is adding the brand to a Walmart-owned website. A few days ago, Walmart opened up an online shop for Bonobos on its Jet.com website, newly focused on serving urban shoppers, along with a dedicated shop …

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James Patterson released a work of interactive fiction on Facebook Messenger – TechCrunch

One of the world’s best-selling authors is experimenting with a new form of digital-first storytelling. James Patterson has partnered with Facebook to release his latest novel,‘The Chef’, on its messaging app. The thriller has been available to read on Facebook Messenger since Tuesday and will make its print debut in February. Interested …

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A blockchain firm bought asteroid mining company Planetary Resources – TechCrunch

Here’s a match made in…I don’t know, somewhere on the blockchain, I guess. Pioneering space startup Planetary Resources was acquired by, of all things, a blockchain firm this week. ConsenSys, a Brooklyn based firm that specializes in all things Ethereum issued an announcement noting that it has snagged the asteroid …

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Walmart adds an AR scanner to its iOS app for product comparisons – TechCrunch

Walmart is giving augmented reality a shot. The retailer today announced the launch of a new AR scanning tool in its iPhone application which will help customers with product comparisons. However, unlike a typical barcode scanner meant only to compare prices on one item at a time, Walmart’s AR scanner …

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U.S. declines in internet freedom rankings, thanks to net neutrality repeal and fake news – TechCrunch

If you need a safe haven on the internet, where the pipes are open and the freedoms are plentiful — you might want to move to Estonia or Iceland. The latest “internet freedoms” rankings are out, courtesy of Freedom House’s annual report into the state of internet freedoms and personal …

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