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October 18, 2015, 6:15 AM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Survey: 33% of teens say Instagram is their most important social network, 20% Twitter, 19% Snapchat, 15% Facebook  —  Survey Finds Teens Prefer Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat for Social Networks  —  A new survey may reignite the debate over teenagers' use of Facebook .
Kif Leswing / Fortune:
BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, featuring a curved 5.4" 2560x1440 touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, is now available for pre-order in UK for £579.99  —  BlackBerry Priv finally available for pre-order, specs confirmed  —  If you've ever wanted a smartphone that combines …
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" review: extremely light, phenomenal display, but performance lags behind Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review  —  The first Android tablet I ever used was the original Galaxy Tab.  It was a 7" Android tablet running Android Froyo …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google acquires 360-degree photography startup Digisfera to beef up Street View  —  Google has acquired Digisfera, a startup focused on working with panoramic images.  Digisfera's employees will be joining the Street View team at Google “to continue building great experiences using 360° photography.”
More: Digisfera and Engadget
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Gear S2 review: attractive design, great interface, but slow voice controls, limited app selection, which isn't likely to change given its use of Tizen  —  Samsung Gear S2 review  —  We figured out smartphones a long time ago.  It's been nearly a decade since the iPhone hit the market …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact review: great camera and battery life in an elegant, waterproof package, hampered by sluggish performance  —  Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact review  —  Twice a year every year, Sony issues a new flagship Android smartphone.  This rapid pace has propelled us …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
After delay, AmazonFresh rolls out mandatory $299/year grocery membership, as promised … Amazon has followed through on its plan to require a special $299/year membership to use the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service in Seattle and other cities — upping the ante and causing some frequent customers …

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