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November 14, 2014, 8:40 PM

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Bryan Steele / Skype Blogs:
Skype launches Skype for Web beta to enable instant messaging, voice, and video calls in a browser  —  Please welcome Skype for Web (Beta)  —  Skype has been breaking down barriers to communication for more than a decade by being at the forefront of real-time voice and video.
Facebook:
Facebook to start limiting the number of non-ad “promotional Page posts” in the News Feed in January  —  News Feed FYI: Reducing Overly Promotional Page Posts in News Feed  —  One of the main reasons people come to Facebook is to see what's happening in their News Feeds.
Reuters:
Google Glass's future clouded as consumer launch slips to 2015, key employees depart, and many developers abandon projects on the platform  —  Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith  —  (Reuters) - After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
AT&T says it's no longer inserting phone-tracking IDs in web traffic, which was only a test, but may still sell the resulting data  —  AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs  —  AT&T says it has stopped its controversial practice of adding a hidden, undeletable tracking number to its mobile customers' Internet activity.
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Wal-Mart told store managers to match online prices with Amazon  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc has informed managers of its roughly 5,000 stores across the United States that they can match prices with Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers, the head of the company's U.S. business said on Thursday.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook deploys next-generation data center architecture as new facility comes online in Altoona, Iowa  —  Facebook's Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa  —  Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC Asks AT&T for Info About Delayed Fiber Build-Out Because of Net Neutrality  —  Two days after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company would delay building out its fiber network because of uncertainty about net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has some questions.
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup:
Blackberry Classic available for preorders now, launches December 17 for $499  —  BlackBerry Classic to launch on December 17th, pre-orders now live  —  At BlackBerry's BES 12 Event today the company unveiled a number of new products and partnerships.  Most notedly was the addition …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Measuring Twitter Remains a Conundrum as ‘Timeline Views’ Metric Is Likely Discarded  —  Figuring out how to measure Twitter's size and usage hasn't been an easy task.  On Wednesday, company executives underscored that challenge as they gingerly introduced a new metric and said another one is likely on the way out.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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