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October 16, 2016, 1:35 PM

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Phil Oakley / Android Police:
Samsung Chromebook Pro specs and pics leak: aluminum body, stylus, 12.3" 2400x1600 touchscreen, 360° hinge, 10 hour battery, USB-C, 6-core CPU, and 32GB storage  —  Since Google revealed that Android apps and the Play Store will be coming to Chromebooks, most have been eagerly anticipating using …
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 …
April Glaser / Recode:
Tencent launches $299 Ying drone that can capture 4K video and live stream it to WeChat at 720p  —  The most popular social messaging platform in China now has its own foldable drone.  —  Tencent  —  Tencent, the maker of WeChat, has a new drone on the way, expected to be available for sale by the end of October for $299.
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
BitTorrent says its streaming service BitTorrent Now isn't shutting down, only one co-CEO, Robert Delamar, left the company  —  Last week, Variety published a report detailing some internal turmoil at BitTorrent: the company's CEOs had both reportedly been fired, the recently-launched BitTorrent …

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IBM:
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