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November 16, 2015, 8:55 PM

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Pandora:
Rdio to shut down the service, file for bankruptcy, with Pandora acquiring the key assets for $75M in cash  —  Pandora to Acquire Key Assets from Rdio  —  Adding technology, IP and talent to accelerate development of new capabilities; Pandora hosting investor call to outline growth strategy at 1:30 p.m. PT today
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
Pandora plans subscription-based on-demand service because ad revenue not enough to offset content costs  —  Pandora Bought Rdio Because Ads Aren't Enough to Offset Content Costs  —  Content Acquisition Costs Growing at Faster Clip Than Ad Revenue  —  Pandora is acquiring key assets of Spotify rival Rdio for $75 million.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's natural language search gets smarter, can now handle superlatives, ordered items, time based, and more complicated queries  —  Google's Natural Language Search Gets Smarter  —  Google is saying their search engine is getting better at understanding our natural language searches …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is testing multiple emoji reactions to tweets  —  The heart's reign of terror as the only emoji-based reaction to a tweet may be coming to an end.  Twitter user _Ninji noticed the ability to select multiple emoji from the heart, including the frown, the grimace, the party noisemaker, and the 100.
Adrian Weckler / Independent.ie:
Tim Cook: Apple won't create ‘converged’ MacBook and iPad  —  Apple will not create a “converged” MacBook and iPad, according to chief executive Tim Cook.  — Google  —  Speaking to Independent.ie , Cook denied that the death of computers such as the Mac was imminent …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Uber is testing a new feature for drivers to pick up riders headed in the same direction as them, in the Bay Area  —  Uber Drivers Can Now Pick Up Riders Headed In The Same Direction As Them  —  Going My Way?  A new Uber feature allows drivers the ability to set a destination and pick up riders headed in that same direction.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook allows Google to crawl and index public profiles, Pages, Groups, and Events from its mobile app  —  Google Gets Surprise Ally in Mobile-App Search Push: Facebook  —  Google's effort to keep its search engine relevant in a world of mobile apps just got a boost from a big rival.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Now Using Google App Indexing To Drive Visitors From Search Into Its App  —  Facebook has long opened up some of its walled garden to Google, in order to gain Google traffic.  Now Facebook is stepping up its search engine optimization game by implementing Google App Indexing to ensure …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
How Facebook is betting its future on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and bringing Internet to 4B people not yet connected  —  Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook  —  Facebook is firing on all cylinders.  Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.
Scott Webster / CNET:
AT&T selling Microsoft Lumia 950, Samsung Galaxy View Nov 20  —  The carrier will sell the first Windows 10 smartphone and the gargantuan tablet later this week.
Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire:
Microsoft and Code.org will use Minecraft to teach kids the basics of computer programming … Microsoft wants to turn kids' love of Minecraft into a love of computer programming through a partnership with Code.org, announced on Monday morning.  —  They've built a tutorial that students across …

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