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October 18, 2015, 2:30 PM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
After delay, Amazon rolls out $299 “Prime Fresh” annual membership required for AmazonFresh purchases  —  After delay, AmazonFresh rolls out mandatory $299/year ‘Prime Fresh’ grocery membership … Amazon has followed through on its plan to require a special $299/year membership …
More: Re/code and EngadgetThanks:@taylor_soper
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Banks are likely the next big competitors for Android Pay and Samsung Pay, as Capital One becomes the first US bank with tap-to-pay in its Android app  —  The Next Big Competitors for Android Pay and Samsung Pay: Banks  —  Eighteen months ago, rulings by Visa and MasterCard gave banks …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: the premier feature, Now on Tap, is magical when it works but it isn't dependable  —  Android 6.0 Marshmallow review  —  Android 6.0 Marshmallow is such a mishmash of features that I spent a long time trying to suss out the unifying principle behind it all.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Amazon Fire TV 2015 review: fastest content loading of any streaming box, universal search is great but doesn't support some apps like Netflix  —  Amazon's 2015 Fire TV: Finally, Amazon gets the streaming box right  —  Connectivity, interface issues are met with gaming, search boosts.  Plus, it's fast.
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 .
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter's decision to hide links in Moments is the latest sign that social giants want to be destinations, not portals to publishers' sites  —  Twitter And Facebook Are Turning Publishers Into Ghost Writers  —  Publishers are in danger of becoming dumb content in the smart pipes of platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
More: New Yorker
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google acquires 360-degree photography startup Digisfera to beef up Street View  —  Google has acquired Digisfera, a startup focused on panoramic images.  Digisfera's employees will be joining the Street View team at Google “to continue building great experiences using 360° photography.”

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