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November 18, 2014, 7:05 PM

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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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
With some 650M MAUs, Facebook gives Groups its own app with more control over notifications, no ads for now  —  The new Groups app makes Facebook about your friends again  —  Imagine you have an online service for chatting with friends, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 to 700 million monthly active users.
More: GeekWire, 9to5Google, iMore and GizmodoTweets: @xdamman
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.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Ten good questions Travis Kalanick failed to address in his tweetstorm apology  —  Uber CEO Posts 13-Tweet Apology Without Answering a Single Question  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just responded to privacy and ethics concerns about Emil Michael, after the top executive publicly suggested paying $1 million …
Yi Zhuang / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter search finally indexes all public tweets since 2006  —  Building a complete Tweet index  —  Today, we are pleased to announce that Twitter now indexes every public Tweet since 2006.  —  Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Apps to Developers  —  Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Nokia N1 will be made and sold by Foxconn, will include Google Play in markets where Play is available  —  Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet with Foxconn  —  Here's a shocker — Nokia, not to be confused with its former handset business that is now owned by Microsoft, has unveiled an Android tablet.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Far from killing it, native apps have made the open web even stronger  —  Native Apps Are Part of the Web  —  Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”: … I can't believe someone is still writing this in 2014.  Users love apps, developers love apps …
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 …
Cliff Edwards / Netflix:
Netflix to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015  —  World's Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price  —  Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), the leading Internet movie and TV subscription service …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Gruber says next year's iPhone may include a two-lens, DSLR quality back camera  —  Apple May Introduce ‘Biggest Camera Jump Ever’ in Next-Generation iPhone  —  Apple may introduce its “biggest camera jump ever” in the next-generation iPhone, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber (via The Tech Block).
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple told to pay $23.6M for infringing pager technology patents from the 1990s  —  Apple Told to Pay $23.6 Million Over Pager Technology  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) was told to pay a Texas company $23.6 million after a jury found its iPhone and other devices used pager technology from the 1990s without permission.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google releases first set of Android Auto APIs for creating audio and messaging apps for cars  —  Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers  —  Google has begun letting third-party developers build apps for Android Auto, with the release of a new set of APIs for its in-car software platform.
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 …
Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
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