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November 18, 2014, 11:50 PM

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Shirley Sun / Facebook:
Facebook launches standalone Groups app for iOS and Android  —  Introducing the Facebook Groups App  —  People use Facebook Groups every day to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends.  —  Today, we're introducing a new Facebook Groups app …
Yi Zhuang / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter search finally indexes all public tweets since 2006  —  Building a complete Tweet index  —  Today, we are pleased to announce that Twitter now indexes every public Tweet since 2006.  —  Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Ten good questions Travis Kalanick failed to address in his tweetstorm apology  —  Uber CEO Posts 13-Tweet Apology Without Answering a Single Question  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just responded to privacy and ethics concerns about Emil Michael, after the top executive publicly suggested paying $1 million …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says exec's remarks on targeting the press “a departure from our values”  —  Uber CEO Condemns “Terrible” Comments  —  “We should lead by inspiring our riders, our drivers, and the public at large,” Travis Kalanick said in an 11-tweet tweetstorm this afternoon.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Apps to Developers  —  Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate effectively kills USA Freedom Act, a bill that proposed an end to NSA phone metadata collection  —  NSA spying bill stalls in Senate vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance a bill that would stop the National Security Agency …
Lucian Constantin / PC World:
EFF and Mozilla back new certificate authority “Let's Encrypt” offering free SSL certificates  —  EFF, Mozilla back new certificate authority that will offer free SSL certificates  —  A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working …
Bloomberg:
Apple told to pay $23.6M for infringing pager technology patents from the 1990s  —  Apple Told to Pay $23.6 Million Over Pager Technology  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) was told to pay a Texas company $23.6 million after a jury found its iPhone and other devices used pager technology from the 1990s without permission.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Far from killing it, native apps have made the open web even stronger  —  Native Apps Are Part of the Web  —  Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”: … I can't believe someone is still writing this in 2014.  Users love apps, developers love apps …
Mark Wilson / BetaNews:
Microsoft unveils Office 365 Video for secure enterprise video sharing and streaming  —  Microsoft is giving Office 365 users an early glimpse of what it hopes will become the future of enterprise video sharing.  Office 365 Video harnesses the power of SharePoint and Azure Media Services …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
PayPal unveils Pebble app for notifications, watch-only payments at stores accepting PayPal  —  PayPal challenges Apple Pay with an app for the Pebble smartwatch  —  PayPal's mobile payments app is now available for the Pebble smartwatch, the company announced in a blog post today.

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