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November 12, 2014, 3:15 PM

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Washington Post:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signals split with Obama on net neutrality: “I am an independent agency”  —  The FCC weighs breaking with Obama over the future of the Internet  —  President Barack Obama shakes hands with then-nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube announces YouTube Music Key subscription service; free invite-only beta starts Monday, will cost $7.99/month after 6 months  —  YouTube announces plans for a subscription music service  —  Ad-free music and music videos starting at $7.99 a month  —  After spending months on revisions …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft shocker: Open-source .NET, free Visual Studio, support for Linux, Mac, Android and iOS … In a major strategy change designed to expand its horizons in the cloud, Microsoft will take its key software development technologies into areas that the company has long considered enemy territory …
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
91% of US adults say consumers have lost control over how their personal info is collected and used by companies  —  Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era  —  Summary of Findings  —  Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans …
Reuters:
Top Yahoo shareholders, unhappy with Marissa Mayer, make direct plea to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to explore merger  —  Exclusive: Some unhappy Yahoo investors asking AOL for rescue  —  (Reuters) - At least two top-10 Yahoo Inc shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's turnaround efforts …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google's ad server suffers global failure, causing millions of ads to disappear from web  —  An unusual glitch struck Google's ad serving tool on Wednesday morning, causing blanks spaces to appear in place of advertisements on websites like BuzzFeed, Time, Forbes and VentureBeat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Onboard Users With “Instant Timeline”, Inject Top Tweets From “While You Were Away”  —  Twitter has 500 million logged out users it's trying to squeeze value out of, but now it has a plan to fix its growth problem, which is really a new user retention problem.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Beats Debuts $300 Solo2 Wireless Headphones, First New Product Since Apple Deal Closed  —  Beats by Dre is launching a new pair of headphones today, a Bluetooth-powered wireless version of the Solo2 headset it introduced back in June this year.  The wireless edition was tipped by an FCC document last week …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Eschews Free, Starts $29 Pre-Orders For Chip-Based Card Readers  —  Mobile payments company Square is today kicking off pre-orders for its new chip-based card readers, which were first announced earlier this year and intended to replace the current devices that read cards' magnetic stripes.
CNET:
Nexus 6 review: great display, top-of-the-line processor, more unwieldy than other big phones  —  Prepare to pay for the biggest Android Lollipop powerhouse  —  The Good The Google Nexus 6 has a razor-sharp and expansive display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 805 processor …
Nate Swanner / SlashGear:
Samsung Flow takes on Continuity for use across devices  —  Your phone, a tablet, even a TV — all screens, and all doing their own thing.  What if they didn't operate in silos, though?  What if your TV could relay info from your smartphone, and your tablet could pick up a task right from your computer?
More: Gigaom
Ry Crist / CNET:
SmartThings to control Samsung's smart appliances  —  The Korean conglomerate is putting its newest smart home acquisition to work, integrating its line of connected appliances into the SmartThings ecosystem.  —  Tyler Lizenby/CNET  —  The home automation platform SmartThings debuted …
More: Gigaom and VentureBeat

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