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October 31, 2014, 8:10 PM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Slack raised $120M at $1.12B valuation in a round led by Kleiner and Google Ventures, all previous backers participated too  —  Slack's One-Year-Old Software Business Valued at $1.12 Billion  —  Workplace collaboration tool Slack didn't exist two years ago.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook now available through Tor browsers at an onion address, SSL still enabled  —  Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site  —  Facebook has never had much of a reputation for letting users hide their identities online.  But now the world's least anonymous website has just joined the Web's most anonymous network.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Amazon exec: We priced the Fire phone wrong  —  When it introduced the Fire smartphone in July, Amazon bet sales would be something worth bragging about.  But three months in, it's obvious the Fire phone is more dud than runaway success.  —  Last week, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak disclosed …
Elisabeth Hulette / Virginian-Pilot:
Circuit court rules criminal defendant can be forced by police to unlock phone with his fingerprint, but not his passcode  —  Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code  —  A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well  —  Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking  —  I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there.  This is the first and most unavoidable thing …
Micah L. Sifry / Mother Jones:
Before 2012 election, Facebook increased hard news stories in 1.9M feeds, which added measurably to civic engagement and voter turnout  —  Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday.  Here's How It Messed With Your Feed in 2012.  —  The social network tries to promote voting …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Samsung says Microsoft deal invites ‘charges of collusion’: filing  —  (Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers on back-end, while still allowing fast lanes  —  FCC reportedly close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking to the cable industry in April 2014.  —  NCTA  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Banking giant BBVA Compass partners with Dwolla for real-time transfers at reduced fees  —  A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer  —  As the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect …

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