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November 29, 2016, 8:15 AM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming TV service launches Nov. 30 starting at $35/mo. for 60+ channels, up to $70/month for 120+ channels  —  [UPDATE: Channel lineup below the fold.]  —  AT&T has officially unveiled details about its upcoming streaming TV service called DirecTV Now.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
CNN acquires social-video startup Beme, co-founded by YouTube star Casey Neistat; app to be shut down, team to form a new media startup as an extension of CNN  —  With millions of people regularly tuning in to his YouTube video blogs every morning, Casey Neistat has a millennial fan base coveted by both marketers and media companies.
Om Malik / New Yorker:
Silicon Valley's biggest failing is its lack of empathy for the lives disrupted by its tech: from self-driving trucks to the proliferation of fake news  —  Silicon Valley seems to have lost a bit of its verve since the Presidential election.  The streets of San Francisco—spiritually part of the Valley—feel less crowded.
Mark Harris / Backchannel:
Before being acquired by Uber for $680M, self-driving truck startup Otto explicitly ignored Nevada DMV regulations during first public testing  —  The engineer who helped craft Nevada's self-driving car regulations also ended up blowing past them.  —  could be the plot of an Ocean's Eleven movie …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon developing premium Echo-like speaker with a 7-inch touchscreen and high-grade speakers, to be announced as soon as Q1 2017  —  Company may release higher-end device early next year  —  New speaker targets kitchens; to cost more than Echo gadgets
More: The Verge
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sling TV announces cloud DVR feature, launching beta in December, to take on Sony's PlayStation Vue, others  —  As competition between television streaming services heats up, Dish's Sling TV announced a new feature designed to better compete with rivals like Sony's PlayStation Vue and others …
Bloomberg:
Samsung will allocate 50% of free cash flow to shareholders, add at least one outside director, and review its corporate structure  —  Company considering adding at least one new outside director  —  Stock buybacks, increased dividends will make up cash return
Laura Sydell / NPR:
Q&A with Jestin Coler, registered Democrat and founder of Disinfomedia, which owns fake news sites including the Denver Guardian, on ad networks, money, more  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election.

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