October 3, 2016, 3:45 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Xiaomi partners with Google to launch its first US product, the Mi Box, a $69 Android TV set-top with 4K support, Google Cast, and Google Voice Search  —  Xiaomi has finally launched its Mi Box Android TV set-top box in the U.S.  —  While we did know that the Mi Box would be coming to the U.S …
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.

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