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Instagram makes your Stories last forever with Archives and Highlights

There's a point in every person's life when they give up on trying to be the cool kid and surrender to their fate of scoffing, "kids, nowadays!" at every opportunity. I reached mine a couple of years ago when Snapchat became a thing, Twitter started being about politics and news more than fun conversations, and everyone (and their mom, dad, kids, and grandparents) was on Facebook. Now I just sigh and roll my eyes each time I see people putting more of the silliest parts of their lives online, which, as I type it, sounds quite hypocritical given this very paragraph.

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Disqus gets acquired by marketing technology company Zeta Global

That comment section that we all use on Android Police and that we often see and use on other sites is powered by Disqus, a company that makes it easy for sites like us to have a highly interactive and independent comment section while also maintaining control over moderation. Disqus is a very coveted brand and now it belongs to Zeta Global.

If you've never heard of Zeta, please join me in raising an eyebrow. Apparently it's a "marketing technology company that helps leading brands acquire, retain and grow customer relationships." I am not sure I'm clear on what exactly that is still, so this quote from Zeta's CEO David Steinberg helped me a little: "We're redefining the marketing technology space with actionable data, artificial intelligence that answers business problems and a marketing hub that serves as the nerve center for data-driven marketers."

According to Forbes who spoke with Steinberg, this acquisition should give Zeta 1.5 billion cookies - not the nom nom kind, the web browsing identifier kind - to add to its data collection.

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Xiaomi targets $50 billion valuation as it considers IPO next year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is currently in talks about a potential Initial Public Offering (IPO) as early as next year. Top company executives will be hoping for a valuation of at least $50 billion, with some of them optimistically holding out for an even higher figure.

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[Update: Best Buy too] Get $300 off a Pixel 2 or 2 XL at Verizon

There has been ample griping about the high cost of Google's Pixel phones, much of it completely reasonable. Dropping $850 on the Pixel 2 XL just isn't feasible for a lot of people, but you can get a good discount on a Pixel 2 or 2 XL today if you don't mind going through Verizon. Pick up a Pixel, and Verizon will knock $300 off the total cost. As usual, this comes with some caveats.

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[Deal Alert] ASUS ZenFone AR 6GB/64GB model is down to $549.99 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

ASUS isn't traditionally a manufacturer of expensive or interesting phones, but the ZenFone AR satisfies both of those characteristics. At $699 in the top spec, the Tango-equipped ZenFone AR was (and is) a tough sell. But if you were interested in the 6GB RAM/64GB storage version, you can now score one for $50 off MSRP from a few retailers.

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Samsung starts manufacturing 512 GB eUFS chips for mobile devices

Samsung is one of the best - if not the best - solid state/flash storage manufacturer on the planet. They make SSDs for desktops and laptops, flash storage for phones and tablets, and much more. Today, the company announced that it started production of 512GB eUFS flash storage chips, designed for use in phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

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Google wants Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome apps

The Chrome Web Store originally launched in 2010, and serves a hub for installing apps, extensions, and themes packaged for Chrome. Over a year ago, Google announced that it would phase out Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2018. Today, the company sent out an email to developers with additional information, as well as news about future Progressive Web App support.

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Google's device art generator adds frames for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook

Every year, Google adds frames of its new devices to the device art generator. This time around, Google took a little longer than usual, but frames for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook are finally here. And just like before, it's brutally simple to use, meaning that you, too, can frame your screenshots in Google's new gadgets.

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30 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (11/28/17 - 12/5/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Official Pixelbook sleeve pops up on the Google Store as 'coming soon'

With a device as pricey as the Pixelbook, you're probably going to want some sort of protection to make sure it doesn't get scratched or dented. The Google Store currently sells a leather Bellroy sleeve for the Pixelbook, but at $89, it's rather expensive. If you don't want to spend that much but still want a Google-approved solution, you're in luck - the 'Sleeve for Pixelbook' is now showing up on the Google Store as 'coming soon.'

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