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October 30, 2015, 10:15 PM

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google's new invite-only “Who's Down” app for Android and iOS shows which of your friends are free to hang out  —  Google's new 'Who's Down' app shows which of your friends are free to hang out  —  Google has just quietly released a new app on the Play Store, called “Who's Down”.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to start selling the iPad Pro on November 11th  —  Apple plans to start selling the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on Wednesday, November 11th via both its physical retail and online stores, according to multiple sources.  Apple previously only said that the large tablet would become available during …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Launches ‘Pay With Amazon’ Buttons for Mobile Apps  —  Amazon says it is finally ready to turn its huge customer base into a big payments business outside of Amazon.  For real this time.  —  The e-commerce giant is bringing its “Pay with Amazon” buttons to mobile apps, while …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook tweaks real name policy: starting in December, users will be allowed to provide context when Facebook requires their name be “confirmed”  —  Facebook Responds To Open Letter Criticizing ‘Real Names’ Policy  —  Facebook today announced a couple of process improvements meant …
Felix Kjellberg / PewDiePie:
Top YouTuber PewDiePie: YouTube Red exists to counter ad blocking, which can devastate smaller channels  —  Thoughts on YouTube Red.  —  Since YouTube recently announced their new payed service “YouTube Red”.  Everyone has been up to arms about it, for mainly good reasons!
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases its second app for Android, Beats Pill+, and quickly garners 1-star reviews from trolls  —  Apple's latest Android app is already getting trolled by 1-star reviews  —  Apple can't catch a break on Android.  When Apple released its first app on Google's platform …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Dan Primack / Fortune:
SEC approves Title III equity crowdfunding rules that will go into effect next year  —  It's official: Your grandma can soon invest in startups  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday morning voted 3-1 to approve equity crowdfunding rules, a scant three years after its original deadline to do so.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat rolls out sponsored lenses, a new ad option that puts a brand alongside selfies  —  Snapchat's Money Train Gains Steam With New Sponsored Lenses Ad  —  Snapchat is ramping up its money-making efforts just in time for the holidays.  In the same week it started testing a new ad unit within …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Sources: Google will work with partners next year to build laptops running Android, will retain Chrome OS as an option for Chromebooks  —  Why Google Tapped Android Over Chrome as Its Marquee OS  —  Android is a big deal for Google.  It is Google's portal for the smartphone market, where it maintains a global dominance.

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