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November 16, 2016, 10:15 AM

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Reuters:
Sources: Snap Inc. has filed confidentially for its IPO, could go public as soon as March at valuation of $20-$25B  —  Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, which puts the messaging app a step closer to the biggest U.S. stock market debut since 2014.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Facebook says it miscalculated more metrics including Organic Reach, Instant Articles time spent, adds more third-party verification, forms Measurement Council  —  Facebook is also adding more third-party verification and forming a Measurement Council to stay in step with evolving products and metrics.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google incorporates neural machine translation into Google Translate app for eight languages, increasing accuracy and allowing for entire sentence translation  —  The search giant says it's made a “leap” in giving you more natural translations.  —  World travelers, language nerds and everyone in between, you're in luck.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google debuts PhotoScan app for iOS and Android, which makes it easy to digitize old print photos; Google Photos updated with more advanced image editing tools  —  On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures.  Specifically, Google says it wants the service …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
HP announces Z2 Mini, a workstation-class Intel Xeon-powered mini PC, to ship in December starting at $699  —  HP has unveiled the Z2 Mini, a mini PC that packs workstation-class parts, including an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics and M.2 SSD tech.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung acquires NewNet Canada for its Rich Communications Service technology  —  The company buys a provider of Rich Communications Services, which add more features to SMS text messaging.  —  The texts you send from your Galaxy phone may soon look a lot like Apple's iMessages.
Dan Richman / GeekWire:
Google Cloud will finally add GPU services in early 2017  —  Surprisingly late, Google Cloud will add GPUs (graphics processing units) as a service early next year, according to a blog post today.  Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM's Bluemix all already offer GPU as a service.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google announces new AI group, to be headed by former head of Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Lab Fei-Fei Li and former head of research at Snapchat, Jia Li  —  During a media briefing at a Google office in San Francisco today, Google announced that it will launch virtual machine (VM) …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft replaces mustache with Amp, a Bluetooth-enabled, dash-mounted LED device that displays a specific color indicated in riders' app  —  Meet the Lyft Amp  —  Lyft has outgrown its pink mustache.  Today, the ride-hail company says it will retire the oversized facial hair logo that has defined …

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