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October 21, 2015, 11:40 AM

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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Apple, Dropbox, Yelp, reddit, Twitter, Wikimedia, join Google, Facebook, and Yahoo in voicing opposition to current CISA proposal days before vote  —  Apple says it's against a key cybersecurity bill, days before a crucial vote  —  Apple said Tuesday that it opposes a controversial cybersecurity bill that …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Surface Book review: really does replace your laptop, great screen, keyboard, and trackpad, but can get very expensive  —  Surface Book review: The hybrid that really does replace your laptop  —  It ain't cheap, but it is pretty.  —  This is the machine that I've wanted Microsoft …
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion  —  Western Digital is facing challenges to its core hard-disk-drive businesses from flash and solid-state drives  —  Western Digital Corp. agreed to buy SanDisk Corp. for about $19 billion in cash and stock, a deal that positions the company …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Shopping Insights tool offers retailers product search data from over 16K US cities  —  Google Discloses More Search Data to Woo Retailers  —  Shopping Insights tool shows products searched for in more than 16,000 U.S. cities  —  Google is offering retailers an unusual peek …
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Apple tells federal judge it's impossible to access user data on locked iPhone running iOS 8 or higher  —  Apple Tells Judge It Can't Unlock New iPhones  —  Apple Inc. told a federal judge that it “would be impossible” to access user data on a locked iPhone running one of the newer operating systems …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Giphy releases GIF Maker tool to create GIFs from video  —  Giphy launches a super simple GIF creator for the web  —  As a denizen of the internet, I frequently find myself wanting to turn YouTube videos into GIFs, but I've never been very good at doing it on my own.
Facebook:
Facebook launches TechPrep, a computer science resource hub, for minorities and women  —  Announcing the Launch of TechPrep  —  Exposing learners, parents and guardians to computer science  —  By Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity  —  Diversity is central to Facebook's mission …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Misfit releases Shine 2 fitness and sleep monitor, with notifications and vibrations for “move” reminders for $100  —  Misfit Debuts The Shine 2, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Of Its Flagship Activity & Sleep Tracker  —  Over two years ago, Misfit launched an activity monitor called …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Yahoo and Google make search deal: Yahoo will call on Google to provide some results and ads for Yahoo search queries  —  Yahoo reaches search deal with Google after loosening Microsoft ties … : Yahoo just announced a search deal with Google, taking advantage an earlier revision …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitch finally gets a proper PS4 streaming app  —  PlayStation 4 owners: you're no longer forced to use Live from PlayStation (and limit your viewing to fellow PS4 gamers) if you want to watch Twitch through a native app.  As promised, Twitch has launched a full-featured PS4 client that lets …

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