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November 15, 2016, 5:50 PM

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New York Times:
Adware in over 100K US Android phones made by BLU sent the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, and location information to Chinese firm  —  WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google debuts PhotoScan app for iOS and Android, which makes it easy to digitize old print photos; Google Photos updated with more advanced image editing tools  —  On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures.  Specifically, Google says it wants the service …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter debuts an updated mute filter with ability to filter phrases and more, muted tweet threads, and new “hateful conduct” reporting option to combat abuse  —  At a pivotal moment, the company is introducing a mute filter, muted conversation threads, and user report infrastructure …
Reuters:
Sources: Snap Inc. has filed confidentially for its IPO  —  Messaging app Snapchat has filed confidentially for an initial public offering (IPO), sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.  —  The Venice, California-based company is in the process of planning one of the biggest technology IPOs …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple releases $299 hardcover book “Designed by Apple in California” dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, chronicling 20 years of Apple design with 450 photos  —  A book like this takes courage  —  Running out of Christmas ideas for that diehard Apple fan in your life?
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Super Mario Run launches on iPhone and iPad on December 15, will be free to download but unlocking full game will cost $10; Android release info not announced  —  Cost $9.99, but there's a free option too  —  Nintendo's Mario makes his grand appearance on the iPhone and iPad …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Elon Musk and Sam Altman's OpenAI partners with Microsoft, will use Azure for majority of its cloud computing needs  —  To build OpenAI—a new artificial intelligence lab that seeks to openly share its research with the world at large—Elon Musk and Sam Altman recruited several top researchers from inside Google and Facebook.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: after Apple's promise to purge outdated apps, 47K+ iOS apps were removed from App Store in Oct., 3.4x more than Jan. through Sept.'s average of 14K  —  Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GE acquires Wise.io, an analytics firm that uses machine learning to help businesses find patterns in data, as the company expands its software divisions  —  GE Digital today announced that it has acquired Wise.io, a machine-learning powered service that helps businesses find patterns and trends in their vast data stores.
Steven Musil / CNET:
WhatsApp is rolling out free video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows phones to all users in the coming days  —  The popular messaging and voice app adds video call option, joining a crowded field.  —  FaceTime and Skype have a new rival in the video-chat market: WhatsApp.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google says it is going ahead with delayed plans to build London campus for 7K employees, signalling confidence in the UK after Brexit  —  Tech giant announces it is going ahead with delayed plans to build a campus for 7,000 employees with Olympic cauldron designer Heatherwick Studio on board
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest launches an Explore section for trending topics and ideas; app now has native video player and auto-play videos in Explore section  —  Pinterest today is launching a new section of the app that is geared around surfacing up trending and top ideas that'll get additional new content in front of users.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple exploring Google Glass-like AR digital glasses that connect wirelessly to iPhones, as company comes under pressure to deliver new products  —  Apple Inc. is weighing an expansion into digital glasses, a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing, according to people familiar with the matter.

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