November 6, 2014, 2:00 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.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Silk Road 2.0 seized by agencies including FBI, Europol; alleged operator Blake Benthall 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 the Dark Web drug trade following …
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  —  In times of crisis …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Former Zynga CEO Mark Pincus starts self-funded company Superlabs to begin work on two startup ideas  —  The Pincubator?  Former Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Starts a Startup Factory.  —  Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga who stepped down as its CEO amid troubles at the online gaming company …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS News introduces CBSN, an ad-supported, 24-7 digital streaming service  —  CBS Launches Ad-Supported Broadband News Feed In Effort To Vie With Cable-News Outlets  —  CBS launched what may be the modern media-industry version of a CNN with a new broadband-distributed news feed that will send live …
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.
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.
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