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October 15, 2016, 10:45 AM

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Department of Transportation:
US Department of Transportation bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices from planes, even if turned off; passengers evading ban may be fined or face criminal charges  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
The White House open sources President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot  —  The White House today shared open source code for President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot to help other governments build their own bots.  —  The White House says it's sharing the code “with the hope that other governments …
Financial Times:
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Twitter bid: “In this case we've walked away. It wasn't the right fit for us”; Twitter shares down over 5% on news  —  CEO Benioff says messaging platform is not ‘right fit’ for his cloud company  —  The boss of Salesforce.com has ruled out his company …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google to launch new mobile-only search index within months, says it will eventually become primary index, but a separate desktop index will still be maintained  —  Google is going to create a separate mobile index within months, one that will be the main or “primary” index that the search engine uses to respond to queries.
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
After shopper backlash and strike threat, Instacart scraps plan to eliminate tips, and will continue with planned base fare increase and optional service fee  —  Instacart is adjusting planned changes to its pay structure for full-service shoppers, following threats of a boycott …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Introduces PopData, 30 and 60 Minute All-You-Can-Stream 4G LTE Sessions at $2 or $3  —  Verizon took the wraps off a new pay-as-you-go data feature today called PopData that could be a decent option for those with small data buckets who need to access a bunch of data while on the go.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Facebook updates Instagram Windows 10 app to support PCs and tablets, requires touchscreen and rear-facing camera to upload photos and videos  —  Facebook today updated its Windows 10 app for Instagram to support PCs and tablets.  You can download the new version now from the Windows Store.

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