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November 18, 2015, 1:05 PM

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In the aftermath of Paris attacks, intelligence agencies scapegoat encryption to mask the failures of mass surveillance  —  Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance  —  Well that took no time at all.  Intelligence agencies rolled right into the horror …
Josh Meyer / NBC News:
ISIS has a 24-hour help desk to help members recruit jihadists and use encryption to avoid detection by law enforcement  —  ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock  —  NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's Connect developer event: Visual Studio now supports debugging Linux apps; Visual Studio Code is now open source; Android emulator coming soon to Mac  —  Visual Studio now supports debugging Linux apps; Code editor now open source  —  Microsoft doubles down on cross-platform software development.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google search now surfaces app-only content, streams apps from the cloud when not installed on your phone, rolling out first for Android users  —  Google Search Now Surfaces App-Only Content, Streams Apps From The Cloud When Not Installed On Your Phone  —  Google today is making a big change …
Blair MacGregor / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad Pro boasts ‘top tier display,’ but falls behind iPad mini 4 & Microsoft Surface Pro 4  —  A showdown pitting the new iPad Pro display against the rest of the tablet market has found that Apple's new 12.9-inch Retina display is an excellent panel, though it can't outmatch …
Official Google Blog:
Google rolls out redesigned Google+ with focus on Communities and Collections; users can opt-in today  —  Introducing the new Google+  —  If you head over to Google+ today, you'll see that things look a little different.  —  Since we last posted, we've spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Instagram shuts down its feed API, announces app review process beginning December 3  —  Instagram cracks down on third-party apps after password thefts  —  Third-party Instagram developers just got some very bad news.  Today, the service announced major revisions to its API policy …
Naomi Gleit / Facebook:
Facebook launches new tools for nonprofits: Fundraisers, a dedicated place for specific campaigns, and new Donate button to add to Pages and posts  —  Introducing New Tools for Nonprofits  —  With more than 150 million people around the world connected to a cause, Facebook is a global community …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Eight Days of Holiday Deals  —  Enjoy new deals every five minutes starting Friday, November 20 through Friday, November 27  —  Effortlessly keep tabs on top deals from anywhere with new “Watch A Deal” feature  —  Amazon.com today announced holiday deals start on Friday …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Bing for iPhone app redesign adds deep links, emphasizes app integration in search  —  Bing for iPhone makes it easy to jump from search straight to your apps  —  As Windows Phone continues to struggle, Microsoft has turned its focus towards making its trademark services like Office, Outlook and Bing available on Android and iOS.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Taxi owners, lenders sue New York City over Uber  —  Taxi owners and lenders on Tuesday sued New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of the popular ride-sharing business Uber was destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
DJI announces AirMap-powered GEO system that provides real-time flight restriction updates for drone operators, coming in December  —  Drone companies are doubling down on maps with safety in mind  —  DJI, the world's leading drone maker, announced Tuesday it's revamping its maps …
New York Times:
Sources: Lyft looking to raise $500M in new funding at valuation of about $4B  —  Lyft Said to Seek $500 Million in Funding  —  Even as questions swirl over the fund-raising environment for hot young start-ups, the ride-hailing sector is barreling into new funding talks at top speed.

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