The strongest hurricane of the season at landfall will likely the panhandle of Florida Wednesday, potentially as a Category 4. A 325-mile wide storm surge is expected, along with winds as high as 125 mph. (Jason Samenow and Brian McNoldy, The Washington Post)

Here's what else I'm reading:

Google's most important introduction

Google held its tech hardware event in New York Tuesday, and introduced five big new products: the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, a Chromecast device for watching web content on a TV, the Google Home Hub smart speaker (think Google's version of the Amazon Echo Show), and Inc.com columnist Minda Zetlin's favorite, the new Google Pixel Slate tablet.

But to my mind, the most interesting and potentially impactful announcement Google made Tuesday was a very simple app that it's including on the Pixel 3: a feature called Call Screen, that lets you tap a button and force callers from unfamiliar numbers to identify themselves before you pick up.

If this works as advertised, and especially if it spreads to other manufacturers, it could completely change the economics of the telemarketing industry. And it might lead us all to ask why we weren't using features like this a long time ago.

Lyft looking at an IPO

The world's second-biggest car sharing app, Lyft, is asking banks for formal pitches ahead of a proposed initial public offering in March or April 2019. Uber is also aiming for an IPO next year. (Alex Barinka, Bloomberg)

Walmart's creepy patent

The retail giant filed for intellectual property protection over a shopping cart that would collect biometric data ("your stress level, your body temperature, and heart rate"), while you shop. (Betsy Mikel, Inc.com)

Millennials destroying doctors

First they destroyed golf, then chain restaurants. Now millennials are skipping over primary care doctors. (Sam Baker, Axios)

The problem with legal marijuana

Marijuana becomes legal in Canada next week. The big challenge? There's nowhere near enough of it, and nowhere near enough licensed dealers, to satisfy the anticipated demand. (Jen Skerritt, Bloomberg

Published on: Oct 10, 2018
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