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October 29, 2015, 8:13 PM

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google folding Chrome OS into Android, plans to release a single, combined OS by 2017  —  Alphabet's Google to Fold Chrome Operating System Into Android  —  Move is a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing  —  Alphabet Inc. 's Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system …
iFixit:
Nexus 6P teardown reveals square fingerprint reader and very poor repairability  —  Nexus 6P Teardown  —  The cream of the season's Android crop is here—it's Google's own showstopping phablet, the Nexus 6P.  In an historical first, this device comes to us via Chinese manufacturer Huawei …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns Photos Into Dynamic “Slideshow” Ads For The Developing World's Slow Connections  —  Facebook has hit user saturation in its core developed world markets.  A strong way to boost revenue is for Facebook to make ads work better in emerging markets with older technology.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Twitch launches Twitch Creative, a dedicated section of the site for non-gaming content like art and music  —  Twitch Creative livestreaming finds new audiences for artists and musicians  —  Twitch draws more than 100 million people a month to view live broadcasts of video games.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Breach at free webhosting service 000Webhost leaks 13M names, passwords, and email addresses  —  13 million plaintext passwords belonging to webhost users leaked online  —  Personal data is exposed as a result of a five-month-old hack on 000Webhost.  —  A security researcher has discovered …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
MIT is developing a technology called RF-Capture that uses wireless signals to track human motion and identify people through walls  —  MIT uses wireless signals to identify people through walls  —  Tech could identify intruders in your home or power motion capture for movies.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo to release its first smartphone game, Miitomo, in March 2016 as a free download with character add-ons available as in-app purchases  —  Nintendo's first smartphone release is a free-to-play game called Miitomo  —  At an investors meeting in Tokyo today, Nintendo revealed some details …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google to Symantec: account fully for misissued google.com certificates or else Chrome will flag your TLS certificates as unsafe  —  Still fuming over HTTPS mishap, Google makes Symantec an offer it can't refuse  —  Google: Fix ailing certificate business or risk having Chrome flag your credentials.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Sergey Brin says each Alphabet business can decide which countries it wants to operate in, including China  —  Some Alphabet Units May Return to China Ahead of Others, Brin Says  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit is trying to get back into China, raising questions about the company's stance on censorship in the country.
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Kirk Koenigsbauer / Office Blogs:
Microsoft adds Skype voice and video integration to Office Online, launches Chrome extension  —  The new Office—October feature update  —  Welcome to our first new Office update post in which we share the features we are delivering to our Office customers across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Office Online.
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Apple says Siri on Apple TV will support Apple Music by early next year  —  Apple TV's Siri Search Will Soon Include Apple Music  —  One of the most useful features of Apple's new Apple TV is its Siri-enabled universal search.  It's something Apple TV owners have been asking about for years …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Samsung reports Q3 earnings of $6.4B on $45.2B revenue, plans to buy back up to $10B in stock in one year  —  Samsung Aims to Improve Phone Sales While Maintaining Profits in Holiday Quarter  —  As part of its earnings release on Thursday, Korean electronics giant Samsung said it hopes …

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