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October 3, 2016, 12:30 PM

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Mary Ku / Facebook:
Facebook launches Marketplace on mobile for buying and selling items, initially in US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand, won't facilitate payment or delivery  —  By Mary Ku, Director of Product Management  —  Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook …
Tom Mulcahy / Facebook:
Facebook launches Messenger Lite on Android for slower internet speeds, initially in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela  —  By Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite  —  Furthering our goal to empower people all over the world to stay connected …
Tad Friend / New Yorker:
Profile of Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, which has invested in companies collectively worth $80B  —  Is the head of Y Combinator fixing the world, or trying to take over Silicon Valley?  —  One balmy May evening, thirty of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs gathered in a private room …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft to build its first Azure data center in France this year, as part of a $3B investment to build its cloud services in EU  —  Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google continue to compete fiercely in the area of cloud services for consumers, developers and enterprises …
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
USB Implementers Forum publishes Audio over USB Type-C specification enabling hardware makers to eliminate traditional 3.5mm jacks  —  The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
What to expect at Google's Oct. 4 event: two new flagship devices without Nexus branding, more details about Home, Google Wi-Fi, Android-Chrome OS hybrid, more  —  So.  Much.  Hardware.  —  PIN  —  Now that Apple has had its big fall phone event, it's Google's turn to show off its goods.
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
A history of deep learning and how it's being used in more tech products than ever  —  Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.  —  Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies.
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Samsung waits to see whether VR is hype or mainstream before moving forward on standalone VR headsets, 10K displays  —  At a company event today in San Francisco, Samsung President & Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn detailed that the company is actively pursuing both smartphone-focused VR headsets and standalone solutions.

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IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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