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October 4, 2016, 2:05 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google's Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled with 5-inch 1080p and 5.5-inch Quad HD display, no camera bump, Daydream VR support, Google Assistant integration, more  —  The future of Android is here  —  Following an absolute deluge of pre-event leaks and revelations, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are now finally official.
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Google hires David Foster, who was previously leading device development teams at Amazon's Lab126; source says he will lead development of smartphones at Google  —  David Foster, who helped develop the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire tablet, joined Google on Monday as vice president …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Google designs Pixel handsets in-house, sources components, cuts supply-chain deals, manages distribution, and makes accessories; Android division kept separate  —  Bloomberg Anywhere Remote LoginBloomberg Anywhere Login  —  New handsets debut marks commitment to $400 billion market
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google unveils $129 Google Wi-Fi modular router, with packs of three available for $299; pre-orders open in November, will ship in December  —  At a press event in San Francisco today, Google announced a completely new product, the Google Wifi router.  The introduction comes a few weeks …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: last year Yahoo built a custom system to search all of its users' incoming emails for US intel, in compliance with a classified US government directive  —  Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple Pay launches in Russia with partners Sberbank and Mastercard, now available in ten countries  —  Russia became the latest major market to gain access to Apple Pay on Tuesday, with iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad owners in the region now able to use the service at participating retailers.

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