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November 16, 2016, 10:15 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google releases Google Earth VR on the HTC Vive for free and is exploring support for other platforms  —  A virtual reality version of Google Earth is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting users explore reconstructed cultural treasures, global landmarks, or (for some) their own homes in VR.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter introduces Snapchat-like QR codes as an option to follow people  —  When clicking the follow button feels too hard  —  Twitter today introduced QR codes into its apps for iOS and Android, because not having QR codes was Twitter's biggest existential threat as a business and the main reason …
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Facebook says it overstated organic Page reach and time spent on Instant Articles due to bugs; firm will expand 3rd-party verification, form Measurement Council  —  Facebook is also adding more third-party verification and forming a Measurement Council to stay in step with evolving products and metrics.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
iFixit: Teardown of 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals speaker grills are cosmetic, and the Touch Bar is hard to replace  —  iFixit has published a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and discovered a few interesting differences compared to Apple's new lower tier MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter suspends several high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right, including those of Richard Spencer and Pax Dickinson  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member; John Gossman, architect on the Microsoft Azure team, will sit on the foundation's Board of Directors  —  At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation.
The Intercept:
Snowden docs shed light on NSA's BLARNEY initiative that leverages “commercial partnerships” for spying; AT&T has surveillance equipment in at least 59 US sites  —  They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases Visual Studio for Mac, which is a rebranded version of Xamarin Studio, and Visual Studio 2017 for Windows in preview  —  Microsoft is releasing a first Visual Studio for Mac preview, as well as a near-final Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017 for Windows.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement …

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