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November 18, 2014, 2:05 PM

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Uber exec, at NYC dinner with CEO present, suggested digging up dirt on critical journalists  —  Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists  —  Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics' personal lives fair game.  Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.
Shirley Sun / Facebook:
Facebook launches standalone Groups app for iOS and Android  —  Introducing the Facebook Groups App  —  People use Facebook Groups every day to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends.  —  Today, we're introducing a new Facebook Groups app …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Nokia launches iPad Mini look-alike 7.9" N1 Android tablet with Lollipop, reversible MicroUSB connector, launching in China next year for $250  —  Nokia Announces N1 Tablet: 7.9" & Powered By Android  —  Since selling their mobile device division to Microsoft, much contemplation has been had over the future of Nokia.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple will soon let third-party products use its Lightning port, opening up new possibilities for accessories  —  Last week at Apple's yearly briefing for accessory makers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program, the company unveiled new Lightning connectors and specs …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
OS X Yosemite update fails to solve Mac Wi-Fi mess  —  Apple today released the first update to OS X Yosemite that included fixes for unspecified Wi-Fi problems and improved reliability for connecting to Microsoft Exchange corporate email servers.  —  But Mac owners who had said that Yosemite crippled …
James Niccolai / PC World:
Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shifts  —  Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.  —  The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google and Stanford researchers create image recognition software that goes beyond recognizing individual objects, teaches itself to identify entire scenes  —  Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Two groups of scientists, working independently …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption using TextSecure code  —  The most recent update to WhatsApp's Android app includes a surprising feature: strong end-to-end encryption, enabled by default.  It's the strongest security any major texting app has offered, even compared with similar tools …
Cho Mu-hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung to launch flexible display, cut number of smartphone models by 25-30% in 2015  —  Samsung to launch flexible display, cut smartphone models in 2015  —  Summary: Samsung Electronics will launch a flexible display for handsets and release 25 to 30 percent less handset models next year …
Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
Inside 10x, a talent agency representing superstar programmers  —  The Programmer's Price  —  Want to hire a coding superstar?  Call the agent. … “Technically, we have an open marriage, but so far there's just Michael and me.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE »
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Square launches old-school physical gift cards, replacing digital ones sent via email … Two years after Square announced it was offering a virtual gift card service, it's nixing the program in favor of physical ones.  —  That may sound counter intuitive in today's digital-first culture …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists, Giving Creators A 90% Cut  —  BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom  —  Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture.  How do you show that someone who's been in a car accident can't do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation?
Shawn De Cesari / Android Police:
Android TV Apps Will Be Screened And Approved By Google Before Being Available In The Play Store  —  In a somewhat surprising, but completely understandable, move, Google has added a pretty large caveat to Play Store app submissions for Android TV.  According to the Android developer documentation page …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google Keep now lets you share notes and collaborate in real-time  —  Google Keep has proven to be a popular app in the productivity realm, letting users put down impromptu thoughts or create to-do lists on the fly.  —  Now, however, not only can you share them with others to view …
Lucian Constantin / PC World:
EFF and Mozilla back new certificate authority “Let's Encrypt” offering free SSL certificates  —  EFF, Mozilla back new certificate authority that will offer free SSL certificates  —  A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working …
Lucy Teitler / Motherboard:
Hackers are building and open-sourcing spy tools based on leaked NSA documents  —  Let's Play NSA!  The Hackers Open-Sourcing Top Secret Spy Tools  —  Last August, at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, a boyish 40-year-old engineer and security researcher named Michael Ossmann stood …
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Meghan Peters / Facebook Media:
Facebook expands FB Newswire with FB Techwire to flag tech content on Facebook for journalists  —  Introducing FB Techwire  —  By Meghan Peters, Strategic Partnerships, News  —  Since it launched in April, FB Newswire has made it easy for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
WeMail Raises $1M From Twitch, Reddit Founders For Intelligently Designed Mobile E-mail  —  Sure, there have been plenty of attempts at re-thinking e-mail on mobile devices.  But that's no reason not to try, try again.  —  A pretty experienced team of founders who have sold companies …

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