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November 1, 2015, 12:20 PM

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Monica Anderson / Pew Internet:
Report: 68% of US adults now own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, 45% own a tablet, no growth in ownership of other digital devices in recent years  —  Technology Device Ownership: 2015  —  68% of Americans have smartphones; 45% have tablet computers.  Ownership of other digital devices has not grown in recent years.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram Builds Its Own Version of Snapchat Live Stories  —  Instagram is taking cues from Snapchat and Twitter with its latest update — curated content streams for specific events, in this case, Halloween.  —  If you open the Instagram app in the U.S. on Saturday, you'll see a new prompt …
Haze Fan / CNBC:
Huawei hires former Apple creative director Abigail Brody as chief user experience designer  —  Huawei hires Apple's former creative director Abigail Brody  —  Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is hires a former Apple creative director as it plans to set up a user experience design studio in the US.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Hands-on: Facebook M, powered by humans, excels at carrying out real-world tasks, unlike pure AI virtual assistants like Siri or Cortana  —  Hands-on with Facebook M: the virtual assistant with a (real) human touch  —  There's something eerie about realizing you live in a time people once considered a sci-fi fantasy.
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
With rating systems, companies like Uber and TaskRabbit turn customers into ruthless middle managers  —  The rating game  —  Soon, you'll be able to go to the Olive Garden and order your fettuccine alfredo from a tablet mounted to the table.  After paying, you'll rate the server.
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”.
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Motorola launching the Droid Turbo 2 as the Moto X Force in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions in November  —  Moto X Force: A shatterproof Android phone for outside the U.S.  —  Consumers around the world will be able to get Motorola's ShatterShield tech with a non-Droid version of the Turbo 2.
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.
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 …
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.

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