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October 27, 2016, 10:45 PM

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Apple:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
MacBook Pro hands-on: Touch Bar is well-integrated into apps like Mail and Photos, and with a matte finish it's not too bright to be distracting  —  I'm sold on the Touch Bar  —  The new MacBook Pro is here — literally available for preorder today — and I've just tried it.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple and LG partner to create LG UltraFine 5K display, with built-in camera, speakers, and USB-C that can be used for charging; display costs $1.3K, ships Dec.  —  During today's event, Apple announced that it has teamed up with LG to create 4K and 5K UltraFine Displays specifically designed …
CNET:
Apple's Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive on the role of Macs moving forward, keeping iOS and macOS distinct from one another, Touch Bar, more  —  APPLE UPDATES ITS TOP-OF-THE-LINE LAPTOP, THE MACBOOK PRO.  In exclusive interviews, Apple executives explain why it was over four years …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple announces TV app for Apple TV and iOS, coming in December, that will act as a hub for accessing shows, movies, live events from across different services  —  One app to rule them all  —  Apple may not be building its own TV, but it at least has its own TV guide.  Sort of.
Vine:
Twitter says it is discontinuing the Vine mobile app “in the coming months”  —  Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold.  Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app.
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.  —  “We had a great third quarter, with 20% revenue growth year on year, and 23% on a constant currency basis.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 29% to $32.7 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.  —  Operating cash flow increased 49% to $14.6 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Reuters:
Sources: CenturyLink and Level 3 in advanced talks to merge in deal that could value post-merger company at $50B  —  CenturyLink Inc (CTL.N) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT.N) are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create …
Henry T. Casey / Laptop Mag:
MacBook Pro vs Surface Book: similar performance, but higher resolution and longer battery life for Surface Book, primary difference is in how touch is used  —  This week Apple and Microsoft revealed their latest visions for notebook computing, giving users a real choice for how they interact with their devices.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:

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