November 1, 2015, 5:50 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
James Crabtree / Financial Times:
CEO: After Alibaba's investment, India's PayTM plans to spend $764M over three years to expand through mobile sales, payments, services like banking, insurance  —  India's Alibaba-backed PayTM plots $755m 3-year expansion  —  PayTM, the Indian payments start-up supported by Alibaba of China …
Tom Fairless / Wall Street Journal:
EU opens antitrust investigation into Hutchison's $14B O2 acquisition in UK  —  EU Opens Probe into Hutchison's $14 Billion Telefónica U.K. Deal  —  Sale of Britain's mobile operator 02 could undermine competition warns commission  —  BRUSSELS—Europe's top antitrust regulator …
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.
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.
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”.

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