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November 1, 2016, 1:10 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram to test letting businesses tag products in their posts, so iOS users in the US can tap to learn more about them; 20 brands will participate  —  Instagram wants you to shop without always having to interrupt your scrolling with a browser window.  That's why today it will start …
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google discloses actively exploited Windows vulnerability just 10 days after reporting it to Microsoft  —  Google today shared details about a security flaw in Windows, just 10 days after disclosing it to Microsoft on October 21.  To make matters worse, Google says it is aware …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Study co-authored by MIT professor finds Uber drivers in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men  —  Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men.
Kori Schulman / The White House:
New president to get @POTUS on Twitter, White House on Facebook and Instagram, with clean timelines; Obama's accounts will be archived and accessible to public  —  Summary: Take a look at how we plan to preserve and pass on the digital history of the Obama administration.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Alibaba creates new digital media company, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, to consolidate media assets, announces $1.48B fund for new projects  —  Yu Yongfu, of UCWeb, will become CEO of new group under Zhang  —  Breaking out media assets is part of transparency efforts
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google is giving some users $50 Play vouchers after some Pixel handsets took longer than expected to ship  —  Google's new Pixel-branded smartphones have proven to be a little too popular.  Already, Google statedthat pre-order demands had exceeded the company's expectations …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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