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November 6, 2014, 12:40 PM

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John Case / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Office users on iOS and Android can now create and edit content without an Office 365 subscription  —  More Office.  Everywhere you need it.  —  In March, we announced Office for the iPad®, a major step in commitment to bring Office to everyone, on every device and anywhere they need it.
Office Blogs:
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.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
In a major strategy shift, Microsoft offers mobile Office on iPad, iPhone, and Android for free  —  Microsoft to Give Away Mobile Version of Office Software  —  SEATTLE — Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft.  —  The suite of applications …
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Naomi Gleit / Facebook:
Facebook launches initiative to fight Ebola: prompts for user donations, health info, and communications services in targeted regions  —  Coming Together to Fight Ebola  —  By Naomi Gleit, VP of Product Management and Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org  —  In times of crisis …
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.
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.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Mac:
WhatsApp update shows read receipts, leaked image suggests future VOIP feature  —  Although this isn't an actual update to the app, WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends.
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
OnBeep unveils Onyx, a wearable walkie-talkie for $99; connects via Bluetooth to iOS/Android app  —  This Is The Onyx, A Real-Time Wearable Communicator Inspired By ‘Star Trek’  —  OnBeep, a year-old startup based in San Francisco, raised $6.25 million earlier this year to build a dedicated piece …
Jon Phillips / PC World:
Basis Peak review: This is the band to buy if you obsess over heart-rate and sleep tracking  —  AT A GLANCE  —  The Basis Peak is a vast improvement over the Basis B1, that oh-so-promising but still quite imperfect activity-tracking wristband from early 2013.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Brings Video Compression To Its Mini Browser For iOS  —  Last February, Opera acquired video optimization service Skyfire, and now it is starting to bring some of the service's features to its mobile browser, starting with Opera Mini 9 for iOS, which is launching today.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $626.8M, Falls Short On Income Of $121.8M  —  AOL (owner of TechCrunch) this morning reported its earnings for Q3, a mixed result that saw it beating estimates on sales but only matching on earnings, and missing on operating income (OIBDA) …

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