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November 18, 2014, 11:05 AM

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Uber exec, at NYC dinner with CEO present, suggested digging up dirt on critical journalists  —  Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists  —  Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics' personal lives fair game.  Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google and Stanford researchers create image recognition software that goes beyond recognizing individual objects, teaches itself to identify entire scenes  —  Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Two groups of scientists, working independently …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
OS X Yosemite update fails to solve Mac Wi-Fi mess  —  Apple today released the first update to OS X Yosemite that included fixes for unspecified Wi-Fi problems and improved reliability for connecting to Microsoft Exchange corporate email servers.  —  But Mac owners who had said that Yosemite crippled …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Nokia launches iPad Mini look-alike 7.9" N1 Android tablet with Lollipop, reversible MicroUSB connector, launching in China next year for $250  —  Nokia Announces N1 Tablet: 7.9" & Powered By Android  —  Since selling their mobile device division to Microsoft, much contemplation has been had over the future of Nokia.
James Niccolai / PC World:
Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shifts  —  Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.  —  The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Square launches old-school physical gift cards, replacing digital ones sent via email … Two years after Square announced it was offering a virtual gift card service, it's nixing the program in favor of physical ones.  —  That may sound counter intuitive in today's digital-first culture …
Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
Inside 10x, a talent agency representing superstar programmers  —  THE PROGRAMMER'S PRICE  —  Want to hire a coding superstar?  Call the agent. … “Technically, we have an open marriage, but so far there's just Michael and me.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE »
Shawn De Cesari / Android Police:
Android TV Apps Will Be Screened And Approved By Google Before Being Available In The Play Store  —  In a somewhat surprising, but completely understandable, move, Google has added a pretty large caveat to Play Store app submissions for Android TV.  According to the Android developer documentation page …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon has enough free cash flow to compete in the cloud arms race even if it lacks the cash of Microsoft and Google  —  Amazon's ability to invest in AWS: By the numbers  —  Summary: AWS chief Andy Jassy was asked whether Amazon had the funds to compete with the cash piles of Microsoft and Google in the cloud wars.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat's new Snapcash feature, rolling out on Android now and iOS soon, lets you send money to friends via Square  —  Snapchat to Let You Send Money to Friends, Thanks to Square  —  Snapchat unveiled Snapcash on Monday, a new payments feature that allows users to send and receive money …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom  —  Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture.  How do you show that someone who's been in a car accident can't do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation?
Steven Loeb / VatorNews:
Squarespace acquires website building service Brace, which will shut down Jan. 19  —  Squarespace scoops up website building service Brace.io  —  Brace will be shutting down services in January, but customers will get a free year of Squarespace  —  The stated goal of website publishing …
Lucy Teitler / Motherboard:
Hackers are building and open-sourcing spy tools based on leaked NSA documents  —  Let's Play NSA!  The Hackers Open-Sourcing Top Secret Spy Tools  —  Last August, at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, a boyish 40-year-old engineer and security researcher named Michael Ossmann stood …
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Tiiny 2.0. update makes images, video permanent by default; adds profiles  —  Kevin Rose updates his micro-photo sharing app with Tiiny 2.0  —  Images are no longer ephemeral, still very tiny  —  Sharing photos of your day has become a ritual for billions of smartphone users around the planet.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Podcasts are neither exploding nor dying - they've been steadily growing for a decade  —  Why podcasts are suddenly “back”  —  Did you hear?  Podcasts were dead, and now they're back!  —  This story is suddenly everywhere.  It's not extremely accurate, but I'll take it.

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