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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Ad tech firm The Trade Desk closed at $30.10, up from IPO price of $18, on its first day of trading  —  Things are looking up for adtech companies on Wall Street — or at least for one of them.  —  The Trade Desk debuted on NASDAQ today at a price of $28.75 per share, up nearly 60 percent from its IPO price of $18.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Facebook's Messenger app now supports CallKit on iOS 10, brings VoIP calling to CarPlay  —  iOS 10 lets third-party developers use the standard call look and feel from the Phone app in their own apps with something known as CallKit, and Facebook's latest update to Messenger is already taking advantage of it.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tinder debuts Tinder Stacks, an iMessage app that lets you swipe on any photos friends send  —  Tinder today is launching a new application for social polling.  The company announced the debut of “Tinder Stacks,” an app for iMessage users that will let you use the “swipe to like” …

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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch: Nucleus, which has a home intercom system on the market, raises $5.6M Series A from Amazon's Alexa Fund, BoxGroup, Greylock Partners, Foxconn, and others  —  Nucleus, the home intercom system which started shipping in August, has closed $5.6M in Series A Funding.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will spend $3B over 10 years to find disease cures, fund science research and tool building with focus on machine learning approaches  —  Starting with a $600 million “Biohub”  —  The philanthropic initiative founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife …

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Jack Detsch / Christian Science Monitor: Twitter says requests from governments to remove tweets rose 13% in the past six months, with 5K+ requests to remove info, 80% of which came from Russia, Turkey  —  At a moment when governments around the world are working harder to confront the Islamic State and its propagandists on the web …

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John G. Doe / YouTube Blog: YouTube announces its get out the vote campaign, #voteIRL, with YouTube stars, and plans registration reminders on homepage, watch page, and search results page  —  At YouTube, we believe in giving everyone a voice.  So this U.S. elections season, we're committed to making sure that people …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, other tech firms join the White House to help refugees across the globe by donating resources like wifi, training, more  —  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other big tech corporations have joined hands with the White House to help refugees across the globe.

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Hands-on with iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode beta: works very well in many instances, but currently has issues distinguishing fine lines, wires, and more  —  One of the most talked about features of the iPhone 7 at launch was the new Portrait mode.  —  It's a software feature that used …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: AT&T CEO says company will launch online streaming video service, DirecTV Now, in Q4, will feature 100+ premium channels and “aggressive” price points  —  The company will take on the likes of Sling TV, Hulu and HBO Now with “very, very aggressive price points.”  —  Sara Tew/CNET

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Netflix CFO David Wells says company wants original content to make up 50% of its catalog within a few years, is currently “one-third to halfway” toward target  —  Netflix is driving toward having half the content on its streaming service be original productions over the next few years …

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New York Times: Sources: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, an SF startup that makes a self-balancing motorbike; Apple has previously hired several Lit Motors engineers  —  Apple, which laid off dozens of employees from its secretive car project this month, is increasingly seeking help from outside companies with expertise in vehicles.

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Benjamin Zhang / Business Insider: McLaren statement on Apple report: “there's no takeover, no strategic investment”  —  On Wednesday, the FT reported that Apple approached McLaren over a potential takeover or strategic investment.  However, McLaren has officially denied any takeover claims.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Google has seen a growing number of fines and penalties from international regulators since 2014, including France, the EU, Russia, Indonesia, and others  —  The company known as Google continues to find itself under scrutiny from a growing number of international regulators.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tumblr adds support for Live Photos on the web, open-sources tool for other developers  —  Tumblr today is bringing Live Photos to the web version of its service, while also rolling out tools that will allow other web developers to do the same.  The company has released an open source JavaScript library …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Twitter will live stream Bloomberg's coverage of all three presidential debates, split revenue from ads displayed during pre-debate and post-debate coverage  —  Hillary versus Trump, live on Twitter.  —  When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off in their first nationally televised presidential debate …

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Justin Duino / 9to5Google: YouTube unveils Heroes, a community program where users can moderate comments and videos for points that unlock access to new tools, early product reviews, more  —  With the release of YouTube's brand new “community” section on some channels, the company has also announced a new program …

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Financial Times: Sources: Apple in talks with UK luxury carmaker and F1 team owner McLaren for a full takeover or strategic investment; McLaren's valuation is said to be £1B+  —  Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group, the British supercar engineer and Formula One team owner, about a potential acquisition …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Standard International launches One Night, a same-day booking app, initially for select hotels in New York and Los Angeles  —  You won't find any major chain hotels in this app  —  HotelTonight or Expedia may be able to get you a room in a Hilton or Westin at the last minute …

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Brian Barrett / Wired: Developers behind Dark Sky app launch new free weather site with web-specific features like detailed microclimates, weather at different altitudes, more  —  If you use Dark Sky as their weather app of choice—or just happen to enjoy gloriously rendered maps of weather movement …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Instagram rolls out a “Save Draft” feature to all users  —  Following tests earlier this year, Instagram today confirmed it's rolling out a “Save Draft” feature to all users.  This addition means you're now able to begin working on a post, then save a copy of your changes to be completed later.

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Mike Klein / Sunlight Foundation Blog: Sunlight Foundation exploring merger or alliances with other organizations, will discontinue tool building and database maintenance  —  The board of directors of the Sunlight Foundation has reached some important conclusions about our future.  We want to share them with our friends, funders …

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Jason Snell / Six Colors: macOS Sierra's Optimized Storage iCloud syncing for Desktop and Documents folders is buggy and may not suit everyone's workflow  —  So that's it for the era of the big X. Version 10.12 of the operating system that runs the Mac is here, and with it, a new/old name: macOS.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature, will store all non-incognito messages by default  —  The app will log conversations by default after all  —  When Allo was announced at Google's I/O conference earlier this year, the messaging app was presented as a step forward for privacy.

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: Google launches Allo messaging app with Smart Reply and Google Assistant for iOS and Android  —  If you're going to unveil a new messaging app, it had better do something unique.  At this point, finding a place amongst entrenched options like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage is not an easy task.

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