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November 16, 2016, 1:30 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member; John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundation's Board of Directors  —  At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Facebook says it overstated organic Page reach, time spent on Instant Articles due to bugs; looks to expand third-party verification, forms Measurement Council  —  Facebook is also adding more third-party verification and forming a Measurement Council to stay in step with evolving products and metrics.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google releases Google Earth VR on the HTC Vive for free and is exploring support for other platforms  —  A virtual reality version of Google Earth is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting users explore reconstructed cultural treasures, global landmarks, or (for some) their own homes in VR.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
iFixit: Teardown of 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals speaker grills are cosmetic, and the Touch Bar is hard to replace  —  iFixit has published a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and discovered a few interesting differences compared to Apple's new lower tier MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter suspends several high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right, including those of Richard Spencer and Pax Dickinson  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google incorporates neural machine translation into Google Translate app for eight languages, increasing accuracy and allowing for entire sentence translation  —  The search giant says it's made a “leap” in giving you more natural translations.  —  World travelers, language nerds and everyone in between, you're in luck.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
HP announces Z2 Mini, a workstation-class Intel Xeon-powered mini PC, to ship in December starting at $699  —  HP has unveiled the Z2 Mini, a mini PC that packs workstation-class parts, including an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics and M.2 SSD tech.
Reuters:
Sources: Snap Inc. has filed confidentially for its IPO, could go public as soon as March at valuation of $20-$25B  —  Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, which puts the messaging app a step closer to the biggest U.S. stock market debut since 2014.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung acquires NewNet Canada for its Rich Communications Service technology  —  The company buys a provider of Rich Communications Services, which add more features to SMS text messaging.  —  The texts you send from your Galaxy phone may soon look a lot like Apple's iMessages.

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