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Mobile Minutes: Instagram Stories; Google and Facebook VR; Snap IPO; Samsung’s exploding phone problem

October 7, 2016

Instagram's new Stories feature

Instagram’s new Stories feature

Instagram Stories, cloned from Snapchat, has 100M daily viewers
Just two months after cribbing one of Snapchat’s most popular features, Instagram has a big hit on its hands.
Read more on CNET

Why Google and Facebook Want to Make a New Kind of VR Headset
So far, the landscape of virtual reality has been split between two types of headsets: expensive, high-end devices like the Oculus Rift that require PCs and external cameras, and cheap devices like Google’s Cardboard and Daydream that use smartphones as displays, sacrificing quality to make a mass-market product. This week, Facebook and Google made it clear that they’re both rushing toward a middle ground.
Read more on Bloomberg

Report: An IPO in Snap’s immediate future?
SAN FRANCISCO — Snap could jostle the tech IPO market out of its slumber next year.
Read more on USA Today

Samsung’s exploding-smartphone nightmare is getting even worse
Samsung just can’t catch a break.
Read more on Business Insider

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