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November 11, 2015, 10:00 PM

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Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
iPad Pro review: not a laptop replacement, too bulky, disappointing and costly optional keyboard case, few optimized apps  —  Mossberg: The iPad Pro can't replace your laptop totally, even for a tablet lover  —  I am a tablet man, specifically an iPad man.  I do love my trusty, iconic, MacBook Air laptop.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPad Pro shows you no longer have to choose between performance of x86 and ARM's battery life, outperforms latest MacBook Airs with lower cost, better display  —  The iPad Pro  —  First impressions last a lifetime, goes the adage.  You're going to have to forget your first impressions of the iPad to understand the iPad Pro.
iFixit:
iPad Pro teardown: A9X chip, 78% larger display offers 2x performance of iPad Air 2, 4-speaker setup costs battery capacity, adhesive pull tabs under batteries  —  iPad Pro Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches Notify, an iOS app that sends notifications for news and other timely content, with 70 media partners, including CNN, NYT, and Techmeme  —  Here's Notify, Facebook's New Twitter-Like App for Following Publishers  —  Facebook is already dominating peoples' phone time …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Court documents show university helped FBI identify Silk Road 2 and possibly child porn suspect; Tor claims FBI paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to deanonymize users  —  Court Docs Show a University Helped FBI Bust Silk Road 2, Child Porn Suspects  —  An academic institution has been providing information …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
A profile of food delivery service DoorDash, used by one in three Silicon Valley households  —  DoorDash Wants to Own the Last Mile  —  The entire On Demand economy is fighting to ring your doorbell.  Why does this 3-year-old startup think it will win?  —  It's 11 am on a weekday, and the magic hour for lunch orders has begun.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Project Oxford APIs offer face tracking, emotion sensing, voice recognition, and spell checking  —  Microsoft's Azure gets all emotional with machine learning  —  Project Oxford AI services detect emotions, identify voices, and fix bad spelling.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google's new ‘About me’ tool lets you control personal information shown by Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and more  —  Google has launched a new tool called About me that lets you see, edit, and remove the personal information that the company's services show to other users.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Fidelity marks down its Zenefits shares by 48% and its Dataminr shares by 35% after investing in both companies earlier this year  —  Snapchat Isn't the Only Startup in Fidelity's Crosshairs  —  Fidelity Investments has become one of the most active investors in privately-held startups …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Eyefluence raises $14M for eye-tracking technology that lets your gaze manipulate user interfaces on VR and AR devices  —  Eyefluence raises $14M for eye-popping eye-tracking technology for VR  —  Eyefluence has an eye-popping technology straight out of science fiction.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku introduces the $50 Roku SE, with 1080p playback and compatibility with Roku's library of 3K apps, to debut for $25 on Black Friday  —  Roku Introduces Low-Cost Streaming Player, to Sell for $25 On Black Friday  —  Roku isn't just discounting its existing streaming players for Black Friday …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Fiverr raises $60M to help lure freelancers online — and removes $5 minimum charge  —  Fiverr, a microtask marketplace for people to buy and sell just about any type of digital service, has raised $60 million in funding to “aggressively attract the vast majority of freelancers who still operate offline,” the company said.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
NextVR, which broadcast a Democratic debate and the NBA opener in VR, gets $30M from Comcast, TWC, and others in round led by Formation 8  —  Comcast, Time Warner Invest in Virtual Reality  —  Media companies' venture arms join $30.5 million funding round for NextVR
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