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November 1, 2016, 9:10 PM

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Mike Jazayeri / The Keyword:
Google's Daydream VR headset is coming to stores in US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia on November 10, available to pre-order now  —  Last month, we announced Daydream View, a comfortable and easy-to-use virtual reality headset and controller powered by any Daydream-ready phone.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram testing shopping feature, to let 20 brand partners add buttons to photos leading to product details, will send users to retailer's site for checkout  —  Instagram wants you to shop without always having to interrupt your scrolling with a browser window.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Pinterest makes Instapaper's premium features free, previously $3/month; features include full text search on all articles, speed reading, text-to-speech, more  —  Nearly three months after being acquired by Pinterest, Instapaper is making some changes that will impact its users.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Lenovo starts shipping Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Google Tango phone, for $499  —  The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is shipping now  —  If it weren't for Pokémon Go, augmented reality might have stayed another forlorn futurist technology the public paid little attention to.
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Twitter adds Welcome Messages and Quick Replies to DMs to improve businesses' customer service response times  —  For all the talk of doom and gloom regarding Twitter's future, there are some things the platform does better than anyone.  Recently it's been strengthening its position …
Michael Tsai:
A roundup of the mostly negative reactions to the new MacBook Pros and the current state of the Mac by creative professionals and developers  —  I was really disappointed with today's Apple event.  It seems like Apple has either lost its way, that it has lost touch with what (some of) …
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
YouTube strikes deal with German royalty-collection group Gema, ending seven years of legal battles and unblocking thousands of music videos in the country  —  @StefanNicolaBBG More stories by Stefan Nicola  —  Video service to pay licensing fees for clips shown in Germany
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics says it's investing $1B+ by the end of June 2017 to boost system chip production at its Austin, Texas facilities to meet growing demand  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it plans to invest more than $1 billion by end-June 2017 to boost production of system chips …

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