Happy Wednesday and happy final presidential debate day. Remember, we don't have to do this again for another four years! Here's some of the top tech news today:
The other candidate's email problem
Speaking of the election, since much of the campaign has focused on the email issues of Hillary Clinton, some have taken a closer look at what rival Donald Trump's email situation might be and the findings were not great. As Ars Technica reports, the Trump Organization is running an email server that is woefully out of date and insecure.
Reviews are in for Google's high-end $649-$869 Pixel phone. The consensus seems to be that this is one of the best Android phones you can buy with an intriguing Assistant feature and solid, if dull and iPhone-like design, but lacking a few features such as water resistance, optical image stabilization and more refined software. You can also check out a video review below from The Verge.
New Macs, finally
It feels like forever since Apple updated its iMacs, laptops and any other non-iPhone/iPad hardware in any significant way, so fans are thrilled that the company is expecting to roll out some updates at an Oct. 27 event. Will Apple catch up in gaming/VR-capable Macs? We'll have to wait and see.
The big yawn you might have heard yesterday were Yahoo's earnings, which offered no major surprises except that the company says it's not taken a significant hit in user engagement since a high-profile hacking incident was revealed. Recode's Kara Swisher says the company is largely dodging questions about how the hack is affecting its business and that the in-line earnings were due to cost cutting, not building its business, pre-Verizon acquisition.
Speaking of acquisitions, a leak coming from Colin Powell's email, no less, reveals some of Salesforce's acquisition targets, which do not include Twitter, but which did include Adobe and Box.
Try restarting your router, Julian
In news out of Ecuador, the company has apparently severed current resident Julian Assange's internet access due to Wikileaks potentially affecting the U.S. election results.
And here are a few more links courtesy of Nancy Huang:
Tinder swipes right on Silicon Valley
Dating app Tinder is looking to open a location in Silicon Valley. According to Tinder CEO Sean Rad, the purpose of the move is to recruit employees with"hard-to-find tech skills." Tinder is also hoping to double the amount of employees it has (currently 200) within the next 12 to 18 months. The company has already hired 20 people for its new location. The property, on 471 Emerson Street, was one of Facebook's earliest offices. Speaking of Facebook...
Facebook pushes harder into local shopping
Facebook wants users to be able to order food from restaurants, order movie tickets and even be able to get pizza delivered from the site. Starting today, Facebook will be letting users make appointments directly through a company's page, order direct from restaurants (as long as restaurants have a third-party delivery service), order tickets and store QR codes in your Facebook account, and allow friends to recommend you restaurants on a communal map of locales.
Snapchat wants to pay publishers a flat fee, keep all revenue
Snapchat wants to stop sharing ad revenue with its media partners in the "Discover" section. This means big publications like Vogue, Buzzfeed, Daily Mail, and Vice would only be getting paid a flat license fee to promote their content, while Snapchat keeps all ad money. Snapchat has started informing publishers about the new terms over the last few weeks, and would like to have new deals set up in the next month.
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