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Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk: Winklevoss Bitcoin exchange Gemini Trading begins hosting daily BTC/USD auctions from today, expects to add additional trading pairs at a later date  —  Gemini Trading, the bitcoin and ethereum exchange founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, is set to begin hosting daily bitcoin auctions.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Sources: Yahoo expected to confirm data breach of 200M+ user credentials that was detailed in August  —  A hacker named “Peace” is bringing chaos to the Internet giant just as its sale to Verizon is pending.  —  Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Sequoia-backed peer-to-peer insurance startup Lemonade launches in New York, gets license to issue its own policies  —  Lemonade, a peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance firm that's been in stealth for a year, has finally launched to the public in its first market.  —  The New York-based startup raised …

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Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo: Trump backs Cruz in opposing transfer of Domain Name System to ICANN in October, claiming Internet freedom would be at risk  —  Back in December, Donald Trump suggested fighting terrorism online by “closing the internet in some way,” openly mocking potential First Amendment concerns.

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: Allo: much like Google Hangouts except it doesn't send or receive messages using a phone number, and will likely be unsuccessful in messaging wars  —  Yet another messaging app from Google with little reason to expect it to be a success.  —  Hey!  Google has a new messaging app out today called Allo.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Photo-sharing app Everalbum jumped from #967 in App Store in July to #28 in August after asking users to send SMS invites to their contact lists  —  Developers call it “growth hacking.”  Recipients call it spam.  The latest app to engage in the less-than-wholesome practice of asking users …

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Sources: Verizon in advanced talks to buy Jason Kilar's mobile video startup Vessel, which is working on new Snapchat-like product  —  Verizon likes video, but Vessel has been working on a non-video product, too  —  Verizon is in advanced discussions to acquire mobile video startup Vessel, according to people familiar with the talks.

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Business Insider: Inside Mode Media's end: a changing ad market, a free-spending co-founder and CEO, and investors who had lost faith  —  From the winding freeway that links Silicon Valley with San Francisco, the giant Mode Media sign gracing the company's headquarters was a hard-to-miss proclamation alerting passing drivers …

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Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge: Uber and Lyft face challenges including traditional taxi regulations, fingerprinting drivers, wheelchair access, and more as they expand in the US  —  Why can't we be friends?  —  PIN  —  Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been Silicon Valley's big disruptive success story of the last five years.

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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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