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September 24, 2016, 12:05 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, unveils Spectacles, glasses that record up to 10 seconds of video at a time with a tap of a button, to be sold this fall for $130  —  Snap decisions  —  Snapchat's first hardware product is coming to the market sooner than anyone expected.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: Google to launch $129 Google Wifi router; one source says several units will be able to link together to form a larger wireless mesh network  —  OnHub-schmonhub: two sources are now telling us that Google will introduce an own-brand Wi-Fi router called Google Wifi, and that the device will cost $129.
Palmer Freeman Luckey / Facebook:
Palmer Luckey says he contributed $10K to Nimble America, but isn't employee or founder of organization and isn't “NimbleRichMan”, doesn't plan on giving more  —  I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories …
The Daily Beast:
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The Verge founding team member Chris Ziegler took a job at Apple two months before leaving the website; internal review finds no impact on editorial decisions  —  Hey everyone — there have been questions about Chris Ziegler and his absence from The Verge in the past few weeks.
TechCrunch:
Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon are all eyeing up a Twitter bid  —  Twitter continues to inch its way to a sale process, and the latest developments come in the form of alleged bids from potential buyers.  Today CNBC is reporting, and we have also independently heard …
CNBC:
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV spotted at Walmart before formal launch for $69  —  According to a helpful commenter who provided this photo, a Walmart (location unknown) is currently selling Xiaomi's not-actually-out-yet Mi Box.  The price?  $69. Not bad at all - great, even.
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Uber is rolling out a new feature that will require drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie before each shift  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is rolling out a new feature Friday that will require drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie photo before each shift.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
nuTonomy partners with Grab to expand its self-driving car trials in Singapore  —  Fresh from raising $750 million in new financing this week, Uber rival in Southeast Asia Grab is now making a move into the self-driving car space after it agreed to a partnership with NuTonomy, the MIT spin-out that is developing autonomous vehicles.
David Fischer / Facebook:
Facebook VP of advertising David Fischer explains video metric miscalculation, apologizes, says the mistake had no impact on billing  —  Many of you may have seen the reports about our video metric miscalculation - I want to provide further clarity on the issue.

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