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October 7, 2015, 6:10 PM

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David Besbris / Official Google Blog:
Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages for faster mobile web, partners with Twitter, Pinterest, Adobe, LinkedIn, WordPress, and more  —  Introducing the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, for a faster, open mobile web  —  Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the way we access information …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Snowball, A Rugged Storage Appliance For Importing Data To AWS By FedEx  —  Amazon surprised developers today with the launch of Snowball, a new physical appliance that will allow AWS users to ship huge amounts of data for import into AWS by shipping the device back and forth between …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's AWS Is Now A $7.3B Business As It Passes 1M Active Enterprise Customers  —  Today Amazon's AWS business kicked off its big Re:Invent conference with some stats that speak to how the company's enterprise division continues to dominate the cloud-based data services space.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Jet.com Overhauls Business Model, Kills $50 Membership Fee to Broaden Appeal  —  Jet.com launched less than three months ago, but it's already pivoting its business model.  —  The startup shopping site, which gives discounts to shoppers who place large orders, has decided to do away …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Amazon weighs creating a live online TV service, holds preliminary talks with CBS, NBCUniversal  —  Amazon Said to Weigh Creating a Live Online Television Service  —  Amazon.com Inc. is exploring the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to major media companies …
Bloomberg Business:
Former Twitter CEO and one-time standup comic Dick Costolo consults in writers' room for HBO's Silicon Valley a couple days a week  —  Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Has His Next Gig: Writing for HBO's Silicon Valley  —  The technology executive and onetime stand-up comedian works a couple of days a week in the show's writers room.
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP Spectre x2: 12-inch laptop/tablet hybrid with adjustable kickstand, starts at $800 with keyboard  —  The HP Spectre x2 is like the Surface Pro, but cheaper and lower-specced  —  What timing: Just a day after Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4, HP is unveiling a similar-looking 2-in-1 of its own.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp for Android now lets you back up your chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos to Google Drive  —  Bitter rivals Facebook and Google today announced a partnership that may feel a bit odd at first glance.  WhatsApp for Android is getting Google Drive integration …
TechCrunch:
Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450M To Sell Concert Tickets  —  Pandora has a new tool in its belt to fight against Apple Music and Spotify.  The music streaming just announced it will purchase Ticketfly, a Ticketmaster-type site, for $450m in cash and stock.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Enterprise SaaS Marketplace AppDirect Raises $140M Series E Round Led By J.P. Morgan  —  AppDirect makes it easier for enterprises to buy cloud services from the likes of Box, Google, Symantec and others (and serves as a kind of referral service for these businesses).

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