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October 7, 2016, 8:00 PM

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Aditya Koolwal / Facebook:
Facebook launches standalone Events app on iOS to help you find, track, and manage events; Android version is coming soon  —  Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events to discover things they can do with their friends — from festivals and 5Ks to neighborhood fairs and nightlife.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google is demoting Hangouts to “optional” in the Google Apps package for Android, to be replaced by Duo  —  In an email sent to Google Mobile Services partners on October 5th, Google outlined a significant change to the core GMS package (AKA gapps) for telephony-enabled Android devices (basically, smartphones).
Billy Steele / Engadget:
After Samsung Galaxy Southwest Airlines incident, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile now offer exchange options for Note7 replacement models  —  A replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 started smoking and burned through the carpet on board a Southwest flight this week.
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
New York Times:
US government officially blames Russia for hacking Democratic National Committee to “interfere with the US election process”  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the Russian government of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft sends invites for Oct. 26 event; sources say desktop Surface PC is coming but no refreshes to Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book expected  —  Microsoft is holding a special Windows 10 and Surface event in New York City later this month.  The software giant has started emailing out invites …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Full panel of US Court of Appeals reinstates $120M verdict Apple won against Samsung in a patent case  —  Appeals court said panel was wrong to toss verdict in February  —  Supreme Court to consider second Apple-Samsung case next week  —  Apple Inc. won an appeals court ruling that reinstates …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's 1TB data caps start to roll out nationwide  —  Go over that amount and you could face overage charges.  Unlimited data costs $50 extra.  —  Comcast's data restrictions are going from testing to reality for most of its customers.  Its 'XFINITY Terabyte Internet Data Usage Plan …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Apple Music add support for user-uploaded remixes after deal with music rights management firm Dubset  —  SoundCloud's big differentiator is its offering of unofficial, user-uploaded content that the major labels don't release and that isn't on Spotify or Apple Music.  Or at least they weren't.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Verizon to offer data plans for drones and plans on testing drones that could act as aerial cell towers to plug holes in network coverage  —  Verizon will soon start offering data plans for drones, allowing pilots to connect their devices to the telecom's network to stream video and transmit …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Source: email scanner installed after government order was not a modified spam filter; Yahoo's security team thought it was a rootkit when they discovered it  —  The spy tool that the US government ordered Yahoo to install on its systems last year at the behest of the NSA or the FBI was a …
Bruce Schneier / Motherboard:
Internet of things devices, which are often impossible to patch, will remain insecure unless government steps in to regulate the industry  —  Brian Krebs is a popular reporter on the cybersecurity beat.  He regularly exposes cybercriminals and their tactics, and consequently is regularly a target of their ire.

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