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October 4, 2016, 12:35 AM

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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Google to unveil its first Daydream VR headset Tuesday, to be used in conjunction with its new flagship phones; one source says price likely to be $79  —  Google will not only use its October 4 hardware event to unveil two new flagship phones, the company is also going to introduce …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Huawei sacked Honor US team, refused deal for Google's 2016 phones after carriers failed to stock Nexus 6P and learning of new Google-only branding deal  —  According to a source familiar with Huawei's operations, the Chinese smartphone and telecoms giant's device division has been having …
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.
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  —  Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Marketplace replaces Messenger shortcut in the main navigation tab bar on Facebook for iOS and lacks a way to rate sellers and provide feedback on sold items  —  450 million people already visit “buy and sell” Groups on Facebook each month, and now the company is launching a whole tab in its app dedicated to peer-to-peer shopping.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft pulls Band listings from its Store and admits there are no plans for a new Band device this year  —  Microsoft officials say there are no plans to introduce a new Microsoft Band fitness device this year and that they've sold through the existing Band 2 inventory.
Zach Rodgers / AdExchanger:
Salesforce To Buy Krux For $700M, Closing Ad Tech Gap With Rival Marketing Clouds  —  Salesforce has shifted back into gear on ad tech M&A after a three-year quiet period.  —  The company will snap up data management platform Krux in a move that could bring its marketing stack into closer parity with its archrival Oracle.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon bans incentivized reviews tied to free or discounted products, except those from its Amazon Vine product review program  —  Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelines, announced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those that emerge from within its own Amazon Vine program.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Shopify acquires product design firm Boltmade to boost Shopify Plus  —  Shopify has acquired Waterloo-based Boltmade, the company announced, bringing the digital consulting and product development firm in-house.  The acquisition will add Boltmade's 21-person team, which mostly consists …

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