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October 4, 2017, 5:35 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel 2 and 2 XL hands-on: solid design with standard internals, amazing camera that supports Motion Photos, AR stickers; Active Edge takes some getting used to  —  A pragmatic design and a promising camera  —  For a majority of the 10 years smartphones have been mainstream, phone makers have been copying each other's designs.
DxOMark:
DxOMark gives Pixel 2's camera a record score of 98, four points above iPhone 8 Plus and Note8; Pixel 2's 12MP sensor has f/1.8 aperture, Dual-Pixel Autofocus  —  The Google Pixel 2 is the top-performing mobile device camera we've tested, with a record-setting overall score of 98.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google says Pixel 2 and 2 XL customers using Project Fi can use eSIM, requiring no SIM card  —  No SIM card required, so long as you're a Project Fi subscriber  —  You'll be able to use Google's newest smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, without needing to pop in a SIM card, the company announced today.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixelbook hands-on: incredibly well-built, fanless even with i7 option, large bezels; pen doesn't require Bluetooth pairing; Android app support still lacking  —  Google has made a very nice, pretty expensive laptop  —  Chromebooks mostly exist in two camps.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google debuts Home Mini with four LED lights under fabric exterior in three colors, available as $49 preorder, shipping October 19  —  It's a small, stone-shaped smart speaker  —  Google announced a smaller companion to its Google Home smart speaker today, called the Home Mini.
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Google debuts Clips, a $249 camera with 12MP, 130° FOV that uses AI to automatically take photos, 8GB storage, 3hr battery life with constant use, no ship date  —  This is Google's new camera.  It's called Google Clips.  —  Wait, but what do you mean it automatically takes candid photos?
Business Insider:
European Commission orders Amazon to pay back about €250M in taxes to Luxembourg, saying it had been given “sweetheart” tax advantage since 2003  —  - Amazon has been ordered to pay €250 million (£221 million, $294 million) by the European Commission over its taxes.
Sam Shead / Business Insider:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sonos announces it is rolling out Alexa support for all its current models in a public beta  —  Sonos announced today that its Alexa support, which has been in a limited private beta for months at this point, is finally rolling out to all current-model Sonos speakers in a public beta.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google debuts Pixel Buds, wireless earbuds with real-time translation, in 3 colors for $159; Android users on Nougat or higher can pair by just opening the case  —  Google-branded earbuds are coming.  The company announced at its annual hardware event today that it'll be releasing truly wireless earbuds …

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