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November 16, 2015, 5:30 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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Expands Launchpad, Its Product Hunt-Meets-Shopify-Shyp Rival, To The UK  —  Following on from last week's news that Amazon would expand its Pantry household items delivery service to the UK while also discounting new Prime memberships in the country, the e-commerce giant …
 

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