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October 12, 2016, 2:05 PM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon launches Music Unlimited, a subscription streaming service that costs $4/month for Echo owners, $8/month for Prime members, and $10/month for all others  —  Would you pay a few extra bucks a month to turn your smart home speaker into an intelligent, unlimited jukebox?  Amazon is betting people will.
Scott Dadich / Wired:
Interview with Barack Obama and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito on AI and its impact on society, medical research, self-driving cars, and more  —  IT'S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung cuts profit forecast by 33% for Q3 from $7B to $4.6B, revenue expectations from $44B to $41.8B, following Galaxy Note7 crisis  —  Samsung issued earnings guidance last week that suggested the calamitous Galaxy Note 7 recall wouldn't have a major impact on the company's bottom line …
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
The Washington Post tracked Facebook's Trending Topics section over three weeks, uncovering five fake stories and three profoundly inaccurate ones  —  The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we'd check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft expands availability of its $3K Hololens to Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand; preorders are live now, units ship next month  —  HoloLens, Microsoft's $3,000 mixed-reality goggles (or “the world's first self-contained holographic computer” in Microsoft's parlance) …
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Apple says it will set up a R&D center in Shenzhen, China, to help strengthen ties with local software developers and partners  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will set up a research and development center in China's manufacturing metropolis Shenzhen, the U.S. tech giant said on Wednesday …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Verizon and Google say Verizon's Pixels will get OS updates and security patches at the same time as those sold by Google  —  Verizon apparently has turned over a new leaf and “won't stand in the way of updates.”  —  Update: A Verizon spokesperson has reached out to Ars with the following corrections about its version of the Pixel:
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Google acquires FameBit to better connect YouTube creators with brands  —  Google announced on Tuesday that it has acquired FameBit, with plans to leverage its technology platform to help YouTube creators better connect with brands.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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