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October 30, 2015, 8:15 PM

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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 …
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”.
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!
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 Is Making Enforcement Changes To Its “Real Names” Policy  —  Facebook today announced a couple of process improvements meant …
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 …
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon to exit daily deals, closing the Amazon Local platform on December 18  —  Amazon To Exit Daily Deals With Closure Of Amazon Local  —  Amazon is exiting the daily deals space.  According to a message now being displayed on the Amazon Local homepage, the company's deals platform is closing up shop on December 18, 2015.
Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business:
Apple's secrecy and reluctance to publish research on AI hurt its ability to hire best researchers, some say  —  Apple's Deep Learning Curve  —  The company's secrecy is hurting its AI software development.  —  In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming …

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