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European Correspondent — VentureBeat

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Facebook's new SDK for TVs lets viewers connect with Facebook with just a few taps — With more than one billion daily active users, more than half of whom only access the service on mobile, Facebook's meteoric growth is showing no signs of subsiding any time soon. But the social networking giant isn't resting on its laurels, which is why the company is paying close attention to the increasingly multi-screen habits of its users.

Skype for Business launches on Mac, mobile version now lets you give PowerPoint presentations remotely — Microsoft is officially launching Skype for Business for Mac users to everyone today having launched in preview back in April. The enterprise incarnation of the Microsoft-owned communications app offers a number of benefits over the normal Skype client, including full-screen sharing, one-click join, and edge-to-edge video.

What Verizon exclusive? T-Mobile offers Google Pixel owners up to 50% back in monthly credit to sign-up — Google's all-new Pixel-branded phone has gotten rave reviews across the board, but those seeking to buy one of the new-fangled devices have been limited to one of four channels: the Google Store, Best Buy, Google's own Project Fi wireless service, and Verizon.

Twitter confirms it's laying off 9% of its workforce, roughly 350 employees — As part of its Q3 2016 earnings report today, Twitter has confirmed that it's laying off 9 percent of its total workforce. As of June this year, Twitter said that it had 3,860 employees around the world, so this means that the social media company is shedding around 350 employees.

Samsung shareholders approve $1B printing business sale to HP as company reports 30% YoY profit drop — Samsung announced its Q3 2016 earnings yesterday, and they were pretty much as expected. The Korean tech titan confirmed revenue of 47.82 trillion Korean won ($41.8 billion), with operating profits hitting 5.2 trillion Korean won (around $4.6 billion).

YouTube launches mobile-friendly 'End Screens' tool for creators to promote videos, channels, and more — YouTube is giving creators a new mobile-friendly 'End Screens' tool to encourage viewers to keep coming back. With End Screens, creators can include small overlays during the last 20 seconds of a video that prompt viewers to subscribe to their channel, watch another video, and more.

Tinder invites 15 more countries to join the U.S. in 'swiping' to find their best presidential match — As we edge ever-closer to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a number of organizations have been ramping up their efforts to get folks out and voting. We already saw Facebook's reminders boost voter sign-up, and earlier this year not-for-profit youth organization Rock the Vote teamed up with Tinder to match users to their most appropriate candidate based on their opinions on political and economic issues.

Amazon expands its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Chicago and Dallas — Amazon has announced that it's launching its grocery delivery service in Chicago and Dallas, the latest in a line of expansions for the service in recent times. First launched in beta way back in 2007 in Mercer Island, Washington State, AmazonFresh slowly expanded over the next eight years into Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, among other areas in the U.S.

Udacity partners with IBM Watson to launch the AI Nanodegree — Online education platform Udacity has partnered with IBM Watson to launch a new artificial intelligence (AI) Nanodegree program. Costing $1,600 for the full two-term, 26-week course, the AI Nanodegree covers a myriad of topics including logic and planning, probabilistic inference, game-playing / search, computer vision, cognitive systems, and natural language processing (NLP).

P2P loan giant Lending Club expands into car refinancing — Peer-to-peer lending service Lending Club is expanding into car financing with the launch of a new auto refinance loan that offers up to $50,000 to applicants. Founded in 2006, Lending Club has been setting out its stall to transform the traditional banking system with a credit marketplace that bypasses banks altogether.
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Oct 27, 2016

@SamuelGibbs Perhaps, but I think the kind of person to buy a phone outright (not on contract) is the sort of person to care about storage.

Oct 27, 2016

@SamuelGibbs Given that most folk would want the 128GB version, that's £819.

Oct 26, 2016

@piersmorgan You must understand the obstacles he faces re: guns? Just because you're president doesn't mean you can do everything.

Oct 26, 2016

RT @lukelewis: "These are just like Kremlin propaganda." I showed Brexit headlines to BuzzFeed colleagues in 12 countries…

Oct 26, 2016

RT @duncanrobinson: Boris Johnson, a man who wants to untangle 43 years of EU law in UK, has just described a bit of tarmac in west London…

Oct 26, 2016

RT @harrynwilson: JP Morgan has blocked access to the @FT website since last week in a "copyright" row. Bankers have to use their own mobiles to read stories.

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