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November 7, 2014, 3:50 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Operation Onymous busted several contraband markets, arrested 17, captured $1M in bitcoin, seized 414 “.onion” domains used by Tor  —  Authorities Begin Scorched-Earth Purge of the Internet Underground  —  When “Operation Onymous” first came to light yesterday …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9  —  The Android Wear smartwatch collection is expanding, with a host of new devices hitting pre-holiday season after their initial debut this summer.  The Asus ZenWatch will be the next to go on sale …
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Google halted technology showroom barge projects after Coast Guard raised fire-safety concerns  —  Fire-Safety Concerns Sank Google's Barges  —  A year ago, mysterious “ Google barges” near San Francisco and Portland, Me., captured media and public attention.  Then, as curiosity peaked, the barges sailed away.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Unfollow Your Most Annoying Facebook Friends And Pages With “News Feed Settings”  —  Face it.  You've accepted friend requests from some weirdos and over-sharers.  Luckily, today Facebook's launched a News Feed Settings tool that shows the friends and Pages taking up the most space in your Feed …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft teases first non-Nokia Lumia smartphone unveiling for November 11  —  Microsoft is getting ready to unveil its first device under the Microsoft Lumia brand.  According to a very short post on the Microsoft Mobile site, the news will drop on November 11, 2014.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Uber hires Tom Fallows, who led Google's same-day delivery service Google Express  —  Uber Hires Google's Same-Day Delivery Boss  —  Tom Fallows, head of the Google Express same-day delivery service, is leaving for a job at Uber, multiple sources told Re/code.  —  Google confirmed Fallows' departure.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Fitbit fitness tracking lineup dropped from Apple Online Store  —  Apple Watch will include fitness and health tracking features  —  If you're in the market for a Fitbit device and you're shopping at the Apple Store, you'll probably have to shop elsewhere to purchase the fitness tracker.
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter collaborating with advocacy group Women, Action & the Media to help report abuse and harassment  —  New Online Tool Lets Twitter Users Report Harassment  —  Twitter is collaborating with a women's advocacy group that will review and escalate reports of harassment on the social media service.
Facebook:
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg: on Messenger, building new things, organic reach, and why he wears the same shirt every day  —  Q&A with Mark  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg took part in his first public Q&A. Watch the full video here.
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Highspot, led by Microsoft vets, nets $9.6M to hone sales pitches  —  Highspot, which says it can guide marketers into what content to send to what customers and when, now has $9.6 million in new funding.  —  Highspot, which aims to help sales and marketing people do their thing better and more efficiently …
Eeva Haaramo / ZDNet:
Netradar app study of 4,500 smartphones says Galaxy Note 3/Galaxy S5 have highest download/upload speeds respectively  —  Who makes the fastest-downloading smartphones in the world?  Hint: it's not Apple  —  Summary: The latest study into which smartphones are the speediest has turned up some surprising winners and losers.
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