October 18, 2016, 11:40 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Pixel review: fast and powerful, long battery life, great camera though it lacks optical image stabilization, but dull design, and software needs polish  —  Android by Google  —  Every Android phone has always been a little compromised, and everybody knows it.
Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
Google Pixel review: best premium Android phone, worth buying just for the impressive Assistant, but not water resistant  —  The new Pixel is a classy home for the new Assistant  —  At long last, almost 8 years to the day the first Android phone went on sale, Google is launching a smartphone …
Ina Fried / Recode:
Sources: Apple plans to launch new Macs at an October 27 event in Cupertino  —  Yep, that means some Sierra-powered computers are arriving right before the holidays.  —  Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at an Oct. 27 event, sources confirmed to Recode.
Instagram Blog:
Instagram will now show a personalized selection of Stories in the Explore tab from across its global userbase  —  Starting today, you'll begin to see Instagram Stories on Explore.  —  We announced Instagram Stories in August as a new feature for sharing everyday moments.
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
Samsung's uneven handling of the Note7 fiasco in China has angered many, as it initially claimed the phones in that market were safe before issuing recall  —  TIANJIN, China — Zhang Sitong was saving a friend's phone number on his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone when it started to vibrate and smoke.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Wikileaks: leaked email from March shows Podesta's initial list of 39 suggestions for Clinton's running mate included Tim Cook, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates  —  Podesta listed women, blacks, Hispanics, WikiLeaks says  —  Bill and Melinda Gates, Mary Barra, Tim Cook on early list
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Researcher says some Trump company email servers use unpatched, end-of-life software, including Windows Server 2003, and only use single factor authentication  —  In what might be one of the more delicious cases of irony to ever grace a presidential election, a researcher has found that a number …

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