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October 7, 2016, 9:05 AM

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Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Oculus working on standalone, midrange headset named Santa Cruz; prototype, featuring four cameras, lets you move while in VR but won't work well in open spaces  —  SAN JOSE, California — For as far VR has come and as good as the experiences have gotten, there still aren't many options for those who don't have a high end PC.
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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Verizon reportedly pushing for $1B price cut on pending $4.8B Yahoo deal after recent report of 2014 hack  —  Verizon may not have bailed out of its deal to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion, but amid a growing case of bad news at the search engine company, the telecommunications giant …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Report: Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, is planning an IPO for March 2017 that could value the company at $25B+  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap — the now-parent company of Snapchat — is working on an initial public offering for as early as March that could value the company at $25 billion or higher.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Duolingo launches iPhone-only AI chatbot to help users learn German, French, and Spanish, with more languages coming soon  —  Today's chatbots, for the most part, aren't all that useful, but what if you could use them to learn a new language?  When it comes to learning languages …
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission opens investigation into Galaxy Note7 that forced evacuation of flight  —  Federal regulators are moving quickly to investigate the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight today, with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Sources: Facebook in talks with US government and wireless carriers to launch Free Basics-like service in the US, for low-income and rural Americans  —  Facebook has been in talks for months with U.S. government officials and wireless carriers with an eye toward unveiling an American version …

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