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November 5, 2014, 11:10 PM

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Evelyn Kim / Google LatLong:
Google Maps for iOS and Android revamped with Material Design, restaurant booking through OpenTable, Uber ride estimates  —  Google Maps: Your best accessory this season  —  Bold colors and textures are in—and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Lyft Accuses Former COO Of Stealing Confidential Documents Before Joining Uber  —  On-demand rides startup Lyft is taking its former COO Travis VanderZanden to court for breach of his confidentiality agreement and fiduciary duty weeks after the executive joined arch-rival Uber.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
New WireLurker malware targets Apple devices in China, attacks iOS, including non-jailbroken phones, through OS X via USB  —  Malicious Software Campaign Targets Apple Users in China  —  Researchers at a Silicon Valley security company said on Wednesday that they had found a new manner in which hackers can infect Apple products.
Rachel Barton / Google Drive Blog:
Google launches Chrome extension letting you open files from Google Drive with desktop apps like Adobe Reader or Photoshop  —  Launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome  —  Browsers are pretty amazing things.  Before, if you wanted to do any serious computing, you'd have to install software onto your computer.
Kara Swisher / Vanity Fair:
Behind Travis Kalanick's fighting instinct, how Andreessen Horowitz missed the boat on Uber's Series B, and how Kalanick attempted to hamper Lyft's fundraising  —  Man and Uber Man  —  Uber, Travis Kalanick's smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
AppleCare for Enterprise With On-Site Support From IBM Now Live  —  Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a major enterprise mobility partnership that would see IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, creating industry-specific native apps, providing iOS-optimized cloud services …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Former NSA lawyer: encrypting user data led to Blackberry's demise, cautions Apple and Google  —  Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government  —  Stewart Baker said that Apple and Google could be restricting their business in markets like China and Russia by encrypting user data
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Qualcomm misses Q4 earnings, revenue targets with weak outlook  —  Summary: As a result, Qualcomm shares began to tumble by four percent in after-hours trading.  —  Tech earnings have been missing targets left and right this quarter, and Qualcomm didn't help curb that trend with its fiscal fourth quarter report on Wednesday.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Google Wallet weekly transactions and new user signups increase after Apple Pay launch  —  Google Wallet use grows after Apple Pay launch  —  NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Winners and Losers for Silicon Valley in Tuesday's Election  —  While the big story Tuesday night was the Republican wave that gives control of the Senate back to the GOP in January, there were plenty of smaller races that are of interest to the tech community.  —  One Race a Democrat Was Sure to Win

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