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The New Pixel Phones, Chromecast and More From Today’s Google Event

The Google Launch Night In just ended. And if we’ve all been wondering why they called it that, we now know. Yes, we were anticipating the new Pixel phones, but what Google led with and seemingly really leaned into was… say hello to Google TV. In essence, this is trying to be a curated solution to all the streaming content out there.

More: The Verge, 9to5Google, Engadget

Facebook unveils cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram, which works even if an Instagram user doesn't have a Facebook account and vice versa

Facebook continues its efforts to enmesh all its apps into essentially, one single platform with different flavors. Whether this is just a logical streamlining or an attempt to make divestment of any individual property impractical is a debate for another time. But another example of it all being just one service: Facebook has unveiled cross-app messaging and communication between Messenger and Instagram. And basically, this will work even if an Instagram user doesn’t have a Facebook account and vice versa.

More: TechCrunch

Rally raises $17M from Porsche Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, and others for its service that lets users list and invest in, but not buy, collectibles

Interesting raise Wednesday. Rally has raised $17M for its service that lets users list and invest in… but crucially, not buy… all manner of collectibles.

More: TechCrunch

Microsoft's Bing search app will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, UK, and France, after it won slots in a Google auction for rivals

Quick followup to something we’ve talked about before. Remember how EU regulators forced Google to offer other search options preloaded on android phones. Google acquiesced by saying, sure, we’ll do that, but we’re gonna hold an auction to determine who those alternative search engines are. And it turns out that Microsoft’s Bing was the winner and will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, the UK and France. But there were others who snagged places as well.

More: Bloomberg