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November 4, 2014, 9:40 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon Prime customers now get unlimited cloud storage for photos  —  With so many backup options, losing your photos should be impossible  —  When it comes to backing up your photo library and life's most precious memories, it's good to have multiple options.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Begins Extending Prime-Member Perks to Other Shopping Sites  —  Can Amazon Prime become the VIP pass for the rest of the web?  —  For the first time since launching its Prime membership program in 2005, Amazon is extending some of the club's perks to its members as they shop on other big shopping sites around the Web.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans  —  The subprime lending market that plunged America into the Great Recession is back and as unscrupulous as ever.  Instead of mortgages, this time a bubble has formed around auto loans, and reliably ruthless Uber is in the thick of it.
Brian Stevens / Google Cloud Platform Blog:
Google lets you run clusters of Docker containers with Container Engine, reduces cloud computing prices, announces new cloud connectivity options  —  Google Cloud Platform Live: Introducing Container Engine, Cloud Networking and much more  —  Today, tens of thousands of developers from around …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Dropbox and Microsoft partner to let users access Dropbox from Office apps, edit Office files from Dropbox app  —  Dropbox and Microsoft form surprise partnership for Office integration  —  Office mobile apps will soon seamlessly sync to Dropbox  —  Microsoft and Dropbox are teaming …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Marketing firm claims it started #AlexFromTarget meme using Twitter accounts it controls, but not on behalf of Target  —  Marketing company claims responsibility for ‘Alex from Target’  —  Breakr, a company that wants to bring fans and fandom together, says it's behind the latest overnight viral sensation.
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Facebook says government requests for data up 24%, content removal up 19% in just 6 months  —  Global Government Requests Report  —  Today, we're releasing our third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Music Group Signs Deal to License Music to SoundCloud  —  Warner Is First Major Record Label to Start Earning Money From German Audio-Sharing Site  —  Warner Music Group has signed a deal to license its music to SoundCloud Ltd., the companies said, making Warner the first major record label …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Emoji to Gain Expanded Racial Diversity With Skin Tone Modifier Option in Mid-2015  —  The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji.  Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be …
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Sean Rad to step down as Tinder CEO, will become president and remain on board  —  Exclusive: Sean Rad Out As Tinder CEO.  Inside The Crazy Saga  —  Sean Rad, the cofounder and CEO of Tinder, an app that over the past two years has completely reinvented how young people date and mate, has been generating news regularly.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
MCX CEO: CurrentC exclusivity deal blocking Apple Pay at CVS will expire in months, not years  —  What Are the Anti-Apple Pay Merchants Afraid Of?  —  I've been a regular customer at CVS/pharmacy, the country's second-largest drugstore chain, for 20 years.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google and LG will license each other's patents for the next decade  —  Samsung isn't the only Android device maker getting cozy with Google's patents, apparently.  LG has just entered into a cross-licensing deal with Google that will let the two companies use each other's patents (including new ones) for the next 10 years.
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Consumer version of Oculus Rift VR headset ready to arrive in ‘months’, says CEO  —  Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe, told the audience at Web Summit 2014 in Dublin, that a consumer-version of the company's Rift VR headset is “close”.  While he understandably declined to offer a timetable for launch …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
BitPay Launches Bitcoin Checkout App For One Tap Payments  —  In the latest move to bring bitcoin payments to the masses, BitPay is launching a new point-of-sale app, Bitcoin Checkout, for in-store payments.  —  With the launch of the mobile checkout app at Money20/20 in Las Vegas …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital invests $62M in 16 tech startups  —  Intel Capital, the venture arm of the world's biggest chipmaker, is unveiling it has invested $62 million in 16 tech startups today.  The investments show that Intel is still bullish about funding new tech companies that could one day spur lots …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij arrested in Asia, all three founders now behind bars  —  Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia  —  Following the criminal convictions of Pirate Bay founders Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, each went their separate ways.

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