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November 8, 2016, 4:20 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from firms offering to buy Vine; one source says some offers are lower than $10M  —  Vine may survive after all.  Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from companies offering to buy Vine, and hopes to make a deal soon, multiple sources tell TechCrunch.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Android Auto app update allows interface to be displayed on the smartphone, allowing use in any car, but some features like Waze support are missing  —  Apple, take note  —  During Google's annual developers conference this past spring, the company teased a version of its Android Auto software …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung tests a dedicated physical button for an AI feature on the Galaxy S8, as execs look to delay S8 announcement until after MWC in February  —  Company needs to lure customers after Galaxy Note 7 recall  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. is looking to give its Siri-like virtual assistant a big promotion.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Gmail for iOS updated with undo send, instant search, faster navigation, and swipe to archive or delete, is now on par with the Android version  —  Google wants its services to be on as many devices as possible — to meet that goal, the company has been putting out excellent versions of its apps on the iPhone for years now.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
YouTube adds HDR video support, for higher color contrast and more detailed shadows and highlights on compatible devices  —  YouTube today added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos.  This means you can now watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices, including HDR TVs …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Comcast's NBCUniversal will handle ad sales for Apple News in exclusive deal starting in January; Apple says Apple News now has over 70M unique users  —  It's an exclusive deal, but publishers can still sell their own.  —  Apple is bringing in help to boost its News app.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google will display election results in search as polls close, including presidential, House, Senate, and gubernatorial races, as well as state-level referenda  —  Google has been highly involved with connecting U.S. voters to timely information throughout this election cycle …
Bloomberg:
China's LeEco facing cash crunch according to its chairman Jia Yeuting in a letter to employees a few weeks after ambitious US launch  —  ‘We blindly sped ahead,’ co-founder Jia Yueting says in letter  —  Shares in LeEco group's companies plunge on news of struggles
BBC:
Tesco Bank, the lending arm of the UK's biggest grocer, halts online payments after money was stolen from 20K accounts  —  Tesco Bank has halted online payments for current account customers after money was taken from 20,000 accounts.  —  The bank's chief executive Benny Higgins told the BBC he was …
Financial Times:
Facebook pauses collection of WhatsApp user data in the UK after Information Commissioner says it doesn't have “valid consent” from its users  —  Facebook has agreed to pause its collection of WhatsApp user data in the UK as a result of a probe by the Information Commissioner's Office.

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