Foxconn posts Q3 net profit of ~$1B, up 23.3% YoY, beating analyst estimates, despite Apple’s declining iPhone sales, which it relies on for ~50% of its revenue (Yimou Lee/Reuters)

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Cisco reports Q1 revenues of $13.16B, up 1% YoY, and Infrastructure Platforms revenue of $7.54B, down 1% YoY; stock down ~5% after hours on weak Q2 guidance (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

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Oculus CTO John Carmack says he is stepping down but will remain as a “consulting CTO”, will work on an artificial general intelligence, as a personal project (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

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Sources: SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan is in talks about merging with Naver’s Line, Japan’s leading chat app, creating a SoftBank subsidiary with 100M+ users in Japan (Nikkei Asian Review)

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Investigation into Huawei’s Safe City program, which pairs cameras with analysis software in 50+ countries, shows Huawei has overstated drops in crime (Sheridan Prasso/Bloomberg)

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Canalys: global smart speaker shipments reached 28.6M, up 44% YoY, in Q3 2019 as Amazon shipped 10.4M units, up 66% YoY, and Google shipped 3.5M, down 40% YoY (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

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Facebook says 80% of hate speech removed in the past quarter was identified by software, up 68% QoQ; 4.4M drug-related posts were taken down, a big jump (Kurt Wagner/Bloomberg)

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An in-depth look at how technology has changed the production and distribution of comics, opening up new opportunities while presenting unexpected challenges (George Gene Gustines/New York Times)

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Inside the Arctic World Archive, where GitHub will store 200 “platters”, each with 120GB of open source software on them, to prevent loss of the software (Ashlee Vance/Bloomberg)

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Interview with Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert about Spot, Handle, and Atlas, three of the company’s robots, as well as AI, viral promotional videos, and more (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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