November 6, 2014, 6:40 PM

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John Case / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Office users on iOS 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.
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 …
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.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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
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.
More: The Next Web and Gigaom
Kellex / Droid Life:
Moto 360 in Metal Available Today for $299 - New Bands, Watch Faces, Health Apps Too  —  Motorola just announced (and then pulled) that their Moto 360 watch will be available in metal later today for a price of $299.  They will offer two colors initially - dark and light metal …
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Drive for iOS now lets you open and save files using other apps, gets Touch ID and video downloading  —  Google today updated its Google Drive app for iOS with iOS 8 improvements and multiple new features.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.

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