Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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HTC intros Vive Wave VR Open Platform for hardware makers, unveils Vive Focus standalone VR headset for China with inside-out tracking; price, release date TBD (Richard Lai/Engadget)

Richard Lai / Engadget: HTC intros Vive Wave VR Open Platform for hardware makers, unveils Vive Focus standalone VR headset for China with inside-out tracking;

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YouTube TV debuts standalone app for Android TV and Xbox One devices today, coming to Apple TV, Roku, smart TVs in coming weeks; no plans shared for Amazon app (Ben Popper/The Verge)

Ben Popper / The Verge: YouTube TV debuts standalone app for Android TV and Xbox One devices today, coming to Apple TV, Roku, smart TVs

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