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October 8, 2015, 2:05 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Reactions, Facebook adds 6 empathetic emoji to the Like button; initial test in Spain and Ireland only  —  With Reactions, Facebook Supercharges The Like Button With 6 Empathetic Emoji  —  In September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made some waves when he hinted Facebook was working …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV & iPad Pro to hit stores early November after late October online launch  —  The revamped Apple TV set top box and iPad Pro will both begin showing up in Apple Retail Stores for sale during the first week of November after going on sale via Apple's website in late October, according to reliable sources.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Amazon launches Handmade, an Etsy rival for handcrafted goods with over 80K items from 60 countries  —  Amazon Challenges Etsy With Strictly Handmade Marketplace  —  Amazon stepped into the handcrafted-goods ring on Thursday, opening an arts-and-crafts bazaar online that squarely takes aim …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
AWS's new services and features go after legacy customers of tech giants like IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft  —  Amazon Messes With Billions in Corporate Computing Dollars  —  LAS VEGAS — There is a famous story from the early days of Google that goes something like this …
Reuters:
Sources claim IP address belonging to Lyft CTO Chris Lambert was used to access a security key later used in 2014 breach of Uber driver data  —  Exclusive: In lawsuit over hacking, Uber probes IP address assigned to Lyft exec - sources  —  Eight months after disclosing a major data breach …
Elliot Silver / Domain Investing:
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com Now Owned by Google  —  Shortly after it was announced that Google would launch its new brand Alphabet on ABC.xyz, there was a run on alphabet related and .xyz domain names.  Judging by a recent Whois change, it looks like Google recently acquired abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com (the full alphabet).
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Dell refreshes XPS 13 and XPS 15, and debuts XPS 12 tablet hybrid  —  A sleek, premium line of PCs gets another member that's more laptop than tablet.  —  Dell launched some serious notebooks when it came out with the XPS line, and now the company continues to improve on already solid products.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Light debuts L16 camera, with 16 separate lens modules that can create a single 52 megapixel picture, preorder now for $1299, will ship summer 2016  —  This camera is actually 16 cameras in one  —  It's not often that you see something truly different when it comes to camera design these days.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
SHA1, one of Internet's crucial cryptographic algorithms used in 28% of digital certificates, could break by year's end  —  SHA1 algorithm securing e-commerce and software could break by year's end  —  Researchers warn widely used algorithm should be retired sooner.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dell in talks for full or partial takeover of EMC  —  Dell Is in Talks to Strike Merger Deal With EMC, Sources Say  —  Unclear whether deal would be for part or all of EMC  —  Dell Inc. is in talks to strike a combination with EMC Corp., according to people familiar with the matter …
Ev Williams / Medium:
Medium adds publishing API, @mentions, updated apps, improved editing options, custom domains for all, and a new logo  —  Taking Medium to the Next Level  —  Two years ago, we opened up Medium for anyone to write.  It was a new, well-lit place for an old idea: letting people share their stories …

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