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November 12, 2014, 4:20 PM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft shocker: Open-source .NET, free Visual Studio, support for Linux, Mac, Android and iOS … In a major strategy change designed to expand its horizons in the cloud, Microsoft will take its key software development technologies into areas that the company has long considered enemy territory …
Washington Post:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signals split with Obama on net neutrality: “I am an independent agency”  —  The FCC weighs breaking with Obama over the future of the Internet  —  President Barack Obama shakes hands with then-nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube announces YouTube Music Key subscription service; free invite-only beta starts Monday, will cost $7.99/month after 6 months  —  YouTube announces plans for a subscription music service  —  Ad-free music and music videos starting at $7.99 a month  —  After spending months on revisions …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
AWS has 1 million “active” customers, adds new database, an automated deployment tool, a source control service, an encryption keys management service, more  —  AWS: With more than 1 million active customers, we're your stack  —  Summary: Andy Jassy, senior vice president …
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
91% of US adults say consumers have lost control over how their personal info is collected and used by companies  —  Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era  —  Summary of Findings  —  Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans …
Reuters:
Top Yahoo shareholders, unhappy with Marissa Mayer, make direct plea to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to explore merger  —  Exclusive: Some unhappy Yahoo investors asking AOL for rescue  —  (Reuters) - At least two top-10 Yahoo Inc shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's turnaround efforts …
CNET:
Nexus 6 review: great display, top-of-the-line processor, more unwieldy than other big phones  —  Prepare to pay for the biggest Android Lollipop powerhouse  —  The Good The Google Nexus 6 has a razor-sharp and expansive display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 805 processor …
Washington Post:
NOAA's weather system hacked by Chinese, which the agency then covered up, says congressman  —  Chinese hack U.S. Weather systems, satellite network  —  Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google's ad server suffers global failure, causing millions of ads to disappear from web  —  An unusual glitch struck Google's ad serving tool on Wednesday morning, causing blanks spaces to appear in place of advertisements on websites like BuzzFeed, Time, Forbes and VentureBeat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Onboard Users With “Instant Timeline”, Inject Top Tweets From “While You Were Away”  —  Twitter has 500 million logged out users it's trying to squeeze value out of, but now it has a plan to fix its growth problem, which is really a new user retention problem.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Eschews Free, Starts $29 Pre-Orders For Chip-Based Card Readers  —  Mobile payments company Square is today kicking off pre-orders for its new chip-based card readers, which were first announced earlier this year and intended to replace the current devices that read cards' magnetic stripes.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Beats Debuts $300 Solo2 Wireless Headphones, First New Product Since Apple Deal Closed  —  Beats by Dre is launching a new pair of headphones today, a Bluetooth-powered wireless version of the Solo2 headset it introduced back in June this year.  The wireless edition was tipped by an FCC document last week …

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