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October 18, 2016, 5:10 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Pixel review: fast, powerful, long battery, and great camera though it lacks optical image stabilization, but dull design and the 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 …
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.
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
Ina Fried / Recode:
Sources: Apple plans to launch new Macs at an October 27 event  —  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.  —  The move had long been expected …
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Samsung is setting up Note7 exchange booths at high traffic terminals in select airports around the world  —  Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, hoping to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute.
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:
Qualcomm announces X50 5G modem, enabling 5Gbps downloads and arriving in products in 2018, and says smartphones with X16 gigabit LTE modems coming in 2017  —  Qualcomm made three announcements about connectivity products today at it 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong.

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