November 6, 2014, 8:10 PM

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Microsoft launches new free Office apps on iPhone and iPad, preview of Office for Android tablets  —  Bringing Office to everyone  —  Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.
John Case / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Silk Road 2.0 seized by FBI, DHS, Europol; alleged operator Blake Benthall arrested in SF, charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering, hacking  —  Feds Seize Silk Road 2 in Major Dark Web Drug Bust  —  A year after the Silk Road 2 came online promising to revive …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Echo Is A $199 Connected Speaker Packing An Always-On Siri-Style Assistant  —  Amazon has a new product that doesn't really have any current equivalent form any other tech company - a connected speaker called Echo that's always-on, listening for commands that its virtual assistant …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Mark Zuckerberg's AMA: Messaging app, his favorite unreleased features and Social Network movie  —  Today Facebook hosted a video AMA of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  A week ago, Facebook asked users to drop questions for the CEO.  Today, some of them got their answers.  —  Facebook has had weekly Q&As for employees for years.
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Apple says it's blocking 467 WireLurker-infected apps from launching on Mac computers  —  Apple Blocks Chinese iPhone Hacks  —  Apple has blocked newly discovered apps meant to help prying eyes spy on Chinese iPhone users.  —  The software is hidden in downloads available from a Chinese app store for Mac computers.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Aereo imposes large layoffs, but streaming TV service is not shutting down  —  There's more trouble for Aereo, which laid off the majority of its staff this week.  The internet TV service will continue operations for now.  —  Aereo's bad year just got worse.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
LinkedIn engineers launch Confluent to enable real-time data processing, raise $6.9M from Benchmark, Data Collective, and LinkedIn  —  The team that created Kafka is leaving LinkedIn to build a company around it  —  A trio of LinkedIn engineers, led by Jay Kreps, is taking the Apache Kafka technology they helped create commercial.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
8tracks updates its website with better playlist curation & tools for DJs  —  Streaming music startup 8tracks is launching a new version of its website today that's focused on improving the discovery and creation of great playlists.  —  Unlike other services, 8tracks only lets you listen to music via user-created playlists.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
Boulder and six other Colorado towns secure right to build their own broadband through local referendums allowed by escape clause in state law  —  7 Colorado communities just secured the right to build their own broadband  —  Boulder County election official Erin Meyers receives sealed ballots …
More: Ars TechnicaTweets: @martinvars
Simon Phipps / InfoWorld:
Joyent, Canonical open-source container technologies Manta, SmartDataCenter to take on Docker  —  Joyent open-sources its core technology  —  Cloud pioneer Joyent throws down the gauntlet to the bloated world of OpenStack with fresh open source releases  —  Not all the action is happening at the OpenStack Summit in Paris.
More: Joyeur, The New Stack and GitHubThanks:@jenholmes
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
LivingSocial Lays Off 400, Eyes Changes to Amazon Relationship  —  Onetime daily-deal darling LivingSocial is cutting a fifth of its staff as the company's new CEO attempts to lay the foundation for a turnaround of the Washington, D.C.-based company.  The company said approximately 400 employees …
Naomi Gleit / Facebook:
Facebook joins Ebola fight: a donate button in Newsfeed plus partnerships with UNICEF for health ed and NetHope for free internet for aid workers  —  Coming Together to Fight Ebola  —  By Naomi Gleit, VP of Product Management and Chris Daniels, VP of
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Kik Introduces Promoted Chats To Let Brands On Its Messaging App And Finally Make Money  —  Advertising doesn't have to be the answer to making money.  That's the ideology behind messaging app company Kik's latest feature — Promoted Chats — which allows its 150 million-plus registered …

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