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October 31, 2015, 2:40 AM

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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!
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook kills off its experimental sidebar status updates  —  In April, Facebook began testing sidebar status updates — quick, disposable messages that in some ways mimicked the carefree away messages of social networks past.  But the company quietly killed off the experiment last month, Facebook tells The Verge.
Alexei Oreskovic / Business Insider:
Google's acquisitions in the first nine months of 2015 totaled $250M, the lowest since 2009  —  Google slammed the brakes on its acquisition machine, with the lowest deal-making since 2009  —  Google has idled its mergers and acquisition machine, with the company reporting the lowest deal activity, by value, in six years.

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