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November 6, 2014, 11:00 AM

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John Case / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Office apps users on iOS and Android can now create and edit new content without a subscription  —  More Office.  Everywhere you need it.  —  In March, we announced Office for the iPad®, a major step in commitment to bring Office to everyone, on every device and anywhere they need it.
Office Blogs:
Microsoft launches new free Office apps on iPhone and iPad, preview of Office for Android tablets  —  Bringing Office to everyone  —  Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
In a major strategy shift, Microsoft offers mobile Office on iPad, iPhone, and Android for free  —  Microsoft to Give Away Mobile Version of Office Software  —  SEATTLE — Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft.  —  The suite of applications …
More: ZDNet and MacDailyNewsTweets: @gaborfari
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
New WireLurker malware targets Apple devices in China, attacks iOS, including non-jailbroken phones, through OS X via USB  —  Malicious Software Campaign Targets Apple Users in China  —  Researchers at a Silicon Valley security company said on Wednesday that they had found a new manner in which hackers can infect Apple products.
Naomi Gleit / Facebook:
Facebook launches initiative to fight Ebola: prompts for user donations, health info, and communications services in targeted regions  —  Coming Together to Fight Ebola  —  By Naomi Gleit, VP of Product Management and Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org  —  In times of crisis …
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.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Mac:
WhatsApp update shows read receipts, leaked image suggests future VOIP feature  —  Although this isn't an actual update to the app, WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends.
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Shippable raises $8 million to help companies accelerate software development  —  Shippable founder Avi Cavale wasn't looking for cash.  But investors just kept calling, especially after they learned how quickly the company's user base was growing.  Those calls have resulted in new cash …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Brings Video Compression To Its Mini Browser For iOS  —  Last February, Opera acquired video optimization service Skyfire, and now it is starting to bring some of the service's features to its mobile browser, starting with Opera Mini 9 for iOS, which is launching today.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $626.8M, Falls Short On Income Of $121.8M  —  AOL (owner of TechCrunch) this morning reported its earnings for Q3, a mixed result that saw it beating estimates on sales but only matching on earnings, and missing on operating income (OIBDA) …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Google's Bleeding Edge Interactive Movie Format Blows Minds, Seduces Hollywood A Listers  —  Google's interactive Spotlight Stories are moving from Moto to Android, and trying new forms—from hand-drawn animation to live action … And then, something unexpected.
Tweets: @stevenlevy
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
AppleCare for Enterprise With On-Site Support From IBM Now Live  —  Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a major enterprise mobility partnership that would see IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, creating industry-specific native apps, providing iOS-optimized cloud services …

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