October 17, 2017, 10:05 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: amazing camera and good speakers, represents the best Android experience, but design lacks flair and no headphone jack  —  Sharp shooter  —  Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has said virtually the same thing: “It feels like it's made out of plastic.”
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app tbh, which has had 5M+ downloads and over a billion messages sent in “past few weeks”, will let it continue to run  —  Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram.  Today, Facebook announced it's acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Google Maps to remove test feature for iPhone users that showed how many calories or “mini cupcakes” you would burn if you walked after strong user feedback  —  Google Maps has a new feature for walking directions.  Now, it shows you how many calories you would burn if you walked:
Anna Irrera / Reuters:
PayPal announces over two million US retailers will begin accepting Venmo payments starting this week  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc said more than two million U.S. retailers will be able to accept payments through its mobile app Venmo starting this week, seeking to broaden …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Garmin's Speak is a tiny Echo Dot-like device that puts Amazon Alexa on your car windshield, available today for $149  —  At a recent Amazon event, the company announced BMW would integrate Alexa into its 2018 models.  It's no secret that Amazon wants to stick Alexa anywhere and everywhere it can, and BMW is only the beginning.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft debuts $1,499+ 13" and $2,499+ 15" Surface Book 2 with Nvidia GeForce GPUs, updated design, up to 17 hours battery; preorder Nov. 9, ships Nov. 16  —  Microsoft's super-flexible systems get potent upgrade.  Alas, still no Thunderbolt 3.  —  Just over two years ago …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Sources: Apple held talks, that are now over without a deal, to buy Crossover Health, approached One Medical as part of push into health care  —  - It's not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Docker announces native support for Kubernetes, will allow users to select Swarm or Kubernetes orchestration engine at run time without any need to alter code  —  When it comes to container orchestration, it seems clear that Kubernetes, the open source tool developed by Google, has won the battle for operations' hearts and minds.

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