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October 3, 2016, 10:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
Tad Friend / New Yorker:
A profile of Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, whose companies are valued at $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 at the Berlinetta Lounge, in San Francisco.
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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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.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Samsung waits to see whether VR is hype or mainstream before moving on standalone 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.
Donovan Jones / Seeking Alpha:
Premium Wi-Fi chip designer Quantenna Communications files for $100M IPO  —  IPOs, tech, alternative investments, CEO VentureDeal.com  —  Quantenna Communications manufactures premium Wi-Fi chipsets and wants to raise $100 million in an IPO.  —  The markets for Wi-Fi and Internet of Everything are growing rapidly.

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