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

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