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October 13, 2016, 3:55 PM

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Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung offers $100 credit to exchange Galaxy Note7 for another Samsung phone, $25 for other brands; expands recall to include original and replacement devices  —  In an attempt to keep users, Samsung is issuing a $100 credit to exchange the defective Galaxy Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge or other Samsung device.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google updates Photos to automatically make GIFs out of videos using machine learning, correctly orient photos, and highlight memories or collections of photos  —  Google Photos was already one of the smartest cloud photo services available today, thanks to its search technology and built …
Washington Post:
Verizon general counsel says there's a “reasonable basis” to believe Yahoo hack will have a “material” impact on deal  —  Verizon on Thursday said that it was leaning toward declaring as a “material” event the massive data breach disclosed three weeks ago by Yahoo …
Walt Mossberg / Recode:
Apple wasted its lead with Siri and now has an intelligent assistant that is too limited and unreliable to be an effective tool in coming AI wars  —  I've been familiar with Siri longer than most people.  Way back in 2009 — two years before Apple incorporated the intelligent digital assistant …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Pinterest says it now has 150M MAUs, up from 100M in September 2015; 40% of new signups are men, and 75% are from outside the US  —  Pinterest revealed today that more than 150 million people use its visual bookmarking and ideas service, with more than 75 billion “ideas” shared.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Periscope launches Periscope Producer, letting select users stream any live-video feed on Periscope without using Periscope's mobile app  —  So now you can stream stuff from places other than your phone.  —  Twitter-owned Periscope wants more high-quality video content — the kind of video that's not usually captured on a smartphone.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
HP refreshes Spectre x360 with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, a bigger battery, Thunderbolt 3, and Windows Hello support, available now for $1,050  —  HP's Kaby Lake refresh adds some great features to one of our favorite laptops.  —  We really liked HP's Spectre x360 Ultrabook when we reviewed its first Broadwell version last year.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google releases Sprayscape, an experimental 360-degree VR collage camera app for Android  —  With Android Experiments, Google is giving itself the freedom to experiment with quirky little apps that show off some interesting technologies but don't really have any other real purpose.
Tinder:
Tinder debuts Smart Photos, which alternates and reorders profile photos to show best based on user interest; users saw up to 12% increase in matches in testing  —  Goodbye guesswork.  Hello right swipes.  —  Tinder has your back.  Starting today, we're implementing a brand new algorithm that maximizes your match potential.

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