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November 16, 2016, 6:40 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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google joins the .NET Foundation while Samsung adds .NET support on its Tizen platform  —  Microsoft is hosting its annual Connect(); developer event in New York today.  With .NET being at the core of many of its efforts, including on the open-source side, it's no surprise that the event …
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.
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Republican congressional leaders send letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to refrain from passing new rules before Donald Trump's inauguration  —  Set-top box rules and other changes could be dead in Obama's final months.  —  Republicans in Congress have urged …
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.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
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 …

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