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November 5, 2014, 7:40 PM

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Evelyn Kim / Google LatLong:
Google Maps for iOS and Android revamped with Material Design, restaurant booking through OpenTable, Uber ride estimates  —  Google Maps: Your best accessory this season  —  Bold colors and textures are in—and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier.
Kara Swisher / Vanity Fair:
Behind Travis Kalanick's fighting instinct, how Andreessen Horowitz missed the boat on Uber's Series B, and how Kalanick attempted to hamper Lyft's fundraising  —  Man and Uber Man  —  Uber, Travis Kalanick's smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath.
Rachel Barton / Google Drive Blog:
Google launches Chrome extension letting you open files from Google Drive with desktop apps like Adobe Reader or Photoshop  —  Launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome  —  Browsers are pretty amazing things.  Before, if you wanted to do any serious computing, you'd have to install software onto your computer.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Former NSA lawyer: encrypting user data led to Blackberry's demise, cautions Apple and Google  —  Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government  —  Stewart Baker said that Apple and Google could be restricting their business in markets like China and Russia by encrypting user data
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Google Wallet weekly transactions and new users signups increase thanks to Apple Pay launch  —  Google Wallet use grows after Apple Pay launch  —  NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Lyft Accuses Former COO Of Stealing Confidential Documents Before Joining Uber  —  On-demand rides startup Lyft is taking its former COO Travis VanderZanden to court for breach of his confidentiality agreement and fiduciary duty weeks after the executive joined arch-rival Uber.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Winners and Losers for Silicon Valley in Tuesday's Election  —  While the big story Tuesday night was the Republican wave that gives control of the Senate back to the GOP in January, there were plenty of smaller races that are of interest to the tech community.  —  One Race a Democrat Was Sure to Win
Rachel Lerman / Puget Sound Business Journal:
Zillow grows revenue 66% to a record $88.6M; posts $16M loss, up from $1.2M last year due to Trulia acquisition  —  Zillow grows revenue 66 percent to a record $88.6 million  —  Zillow reported record third quarter revenue of $88.6 million Wednesday, a 66 percent increase from last year.
Alissa Walker / Gizmodo:
Amazon testing deliveries through Flywheel taxi hailing app in San Francisco and Los Angeles  —  Your Next Amazon Prime Delivery Might Arrive By... Taxi?  —  Forget drones, Amazon has been experimenting with a far more innovative method of providing same-day delivery to its customers.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
EFF asks for the right to revive “abandoned” online games  —  While playing the original versions of classic games on aging original hardware can sometimes be difficult, it's at least typically possible.  That's not the case for many online games, which are functionally inoperable once …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Qualcomm misses Q4 earnings, revenue targets with weak outlook  —  Summary: As a result, Qualcomm shares began to tumble by four percent in after-hours trading.  —  Tech earnings have been missing targets left and right this quarter, and Qualcomm didn't help curb that trend with its fiscal fourth quarter report on Wednesday.
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