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November 20, 2014, 8:45 PM

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Foxconn will spend $2.6B to build dedicated Apple display plant in Taiwan  —  Foxconn to Build Dedicated Apple Display Plant in Taiwan  —  Foxconn Technology Group will spend NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion) over the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to supply displays exclusively for a client.
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Sources: Amazon to launch hotel booking service in January 2015  —  Exclusive: Amazon to Get Into Hotel Booking With Launch of Travel Site  —  Amazon.com is poised to launch its own travel service, featuring booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities, Skift has learned.
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Google launches Contributor, a subscription service that lets users contribute to participating sites and turn off Google ads  —  Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers  —  Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon leases 470,000 square-foot, 12-story space in midtown Manhattan for next 17 years  —  Amazon to Lease Entire Manhattan Building, Hinting at Retail Ambitions  —  Amazon.com agreed to lease 470,000 square feet of space in midtown Manhattan from Vornado Realty Trust …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Billboard Top 200 album chart will incorporate streaming data starting Dec. 3 from services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play, Xbox Music  —  Billboard, Changing the Charts, Will Count Streaming Services  —  Streaming music services like Spotify have brought big changes to the music industry.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 aims to protect your phone from deadly drops  —  It's unlikely we'll see a truly impervious smartphone screen anytime soon, but Corning says it's getting us closer.  Today the company is announcing Gorilla Glass 4, the latest revision of its signature cover glass.
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon's enterprise storage and sharing service Zocalo gets iOS, Android apps, 5TB file support  —  Amazon Zocalo Update - Mobile Apps + 5 TB Files  —  I have a couple of pieces of good news for current and potential users of Amazon Zocalo.  Both items are available now and you can start using them today.
More: ZDNet and VentureBeat
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dropbox's Carousel photo software comes to iPads and the web  —  In April, Dropbox launched Carousel, a standalone app for storing and managing photos and videos on your phone.  Designed as a single place to view your life's memories, until now Carousel has only been available for the smallest screen in your life.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Rolls Out Million-Dollar Liability Insurance Program For Hosts  —  Airbnb today announced an additional liability insurance program that will provide U.S. hosts with up to $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host's building or on their property during their stay.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Jaunt VR Releases Its First Content With App That Puts You On Stage With Paul McCartney  —  Jaunt wants to give you something to watch on makeshift virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Dodocase, and Mirage.  So today the 360-degree camera and VR production software maker launches …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix takes up 9.5% of upstream traffic on the North American Internet  —  ACK packets make Netflix an upload monster during peak viewing hours.  —  We've written a lot about how Netflix takes up a gigantic share of Internet traffic.  During peak viewing hours, Netflix accounts …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Human rights groups release open-source Detekt anti-surveillance software for activists, journalists; available for free, only on Windows for now  —  Amnesty, EFF, Privacy International Put Out Free Anti-Surveillance Tool  —  Resistance is digital.  Human rights charity Amnesty International …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Universal May Take Over  —  Despite Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it “in turnaround”, which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Comcast testing feature to track technicians in real-time; trials begin outside Boston this week, will be rolled out nationally 2015  —  Comcast is testing a way to tell you exactly when the cable guy is coming  —  Comcast is trying out a way to let customers track technicians.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Web Video Channel Guide PlutoTV Raises $13 Million  —  Lots of people have tried to build TV guides for the Web-video era, and no one has succeeded so far.  —  But PlutoTV has convinced investors that it's onto something.  The company, which presents “channels” of Web video in a format …

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