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November 5, 2014, 9:35 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%  —  Spotify may be smarting from the removal of Taylor Swift's music catalogue from its platform, and Taylor Swift may not care, since she is riding a sales blockbuster in the form of her new album 1989, but it turns out that in the bigger picture …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Apple Watch Pricing to Reportedly Start at $500 for Stainless Steel, $4,000 for Gold  —  French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [Google Translate] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches' pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen …
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
Jawbone launches $50 Move clip-on fitness tracker, preorder today, ships Nov 7; $180 Up3 wristband tracker with heart-rate sensor, ships within weeks  —  Jawbone Joins Pre-Holiday Wearable Race, With $50 Up Move and a New Up3 Wristband  —  Get ready for yet another activity-tracking device.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Marketing company claims it started #AlexFromTarget meme, but inconsistencies raise questions  —  Is The Company Claiming Credit For #AlexFromTarget Really Behind It?  —  Some wondered if the #AlexFromTarget phenomenon was too good to be organic.  Now it seems so.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sonos adds multi-account support for streaming services to its internet-connected speakers  —  Sonos adds multi-account support to its connected loudspeakers  —  Sonos wants to make sure that your kids questionable taste in music doesn't ruin your Spotify recommendations.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
BlueSnap Raises $50 Million For Its Global Payment Processing Tech  —  Global payment services provider BlueSnap has raised $50 million in a round of growth financing as the battle over who will rule the register both in stores and online heats up.  —  The growth of online shopping alongside …
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 …

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