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November 11, 2015, 5:35 PM

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Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
iPad Pro review: not a laptop replacement, too bulky, disappointing and costly optional keyboard case, few optimized apps  —  Mossberg: The iPad Pro can't replace your laptop totally, even for a tablet lover  —  I am a tablet man, specifically an iPad man.  I do love my trusty, iconic, MacBook Air laptop.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPad Pro shows you no longer have to choose between performance of x86 and ARM's battery life, outperforms latest MacBook Airs with lower cost, better display  —  The iPad Pro  —  First impressions last a lifetime, goes the adage.  You're going to have to forget your first impressions of the iPad to understand the iPad Pro.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iPad Pro review: excellent performance, nice hardware and speakers, but expensive, suffers from iOS 9's limitations, and takes a long time to charge  —  iPad Pro review: Mac-like speed with all the virtues and restrictions of iOS  —  There's some promise here, but iOS makes this a very different kind of computer.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches Notify, an iOS app that sends notifications for news and other timely content, with 70 media partners, including CNN, NYT, and Techmeme  —  Here's Notify, Facebook's New Twitter-Like App for Following Publishers  —  Facebook is already dominating peoples' phone time …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Project Oxford APIs offer face tracking, emotion sensing, voice recognition, and spell checking  —  Microsoft's Azure gets all emotional with machine learning  —  Project Oxford AI services detect emotions, identify voices, and fix bad spelling.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku introduces the $50 Roku SE, with 1080p playback and compatibility with Roku's library of 3K apps, to debut for $25 off on Black Friday  —  Roku Introduces Low-Cost Streaming Player, to Sell for $25 On Black Friday  —  Roku isn't just discounting its existing streaming players for Black Friday …
Financial Times:
Microsoft launches German data centers controlled by a third-party to shield customers from US government surveillance  —  Microsoft unveils German data plan to sidestep US snooping  —  Murad Ahmed in Berlin and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Microsoft will allow foreign customers …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPad Pro Now Available for Purchase From Apple Online Store  —  Apple is now accepting orders for the iPad Pro, both through its online storefront and through the Apple Store app.  The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13 when one-day shipping is selected …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
NextVR, which broadcast a Democratic debate and the NBA opener in VR, gets $30M from Comcast, TWC, and others in round led by Formation 8  —  Comcast, Time Warner Invest in Virtual Reality  —  Media companies' venture arms join $30.5 million funding round for NextVR
More: TechCrunch
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Mobile Heart Monitor Maker AliveCor Taps Former Google Exec Vic Gundotra as CEO  —  AliveCor, which makes a smartphone-connected heart monitor, plans to announce Wednesday it has hired former Google executive Vic Gundotra as chief executive.  —  AliveCor  —  Gundotra, who left Google last year …
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Fiverr raises $60M to help lure freelancers online — and removes $5 minimum charge  —  Fiverr, a microtask marketplace for people to buy and sell just about any type of digital service, has raised $60 million in funding to “aggressively attract the vast majority of freelancers who still operate offline,” the company said.

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