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November 19, 2014, 4:35 PM

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BuzzFeed:
Uber investigating its New York general manager, Josh Mohrer, for tracking BuzzFeed journalist's location without her consent  —  “God View:” Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations  —  In the wake of a BuzzFeed News story, the transit company is looking …
Maya Kosoff / Business Insider:
Uber investor Ashton Kutcher defends digging into “shady” journalists' private lives  —  Ashton Kutcher Defends Uber Against ‘Shady Journalist’  —  Ashton Kutcher Lenovo's newest ‘product engineer’  —  One day after Uber's SVP of business suggested his company spend millions …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Beats Music to Be Bundled Into iOS Early Next Year, Will Remain Paid Subscription Service  —  As part of Apple's revamp of its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service, the company plans to bundle Beats directly into iOS, reports Financial Times.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Android Lollipop's Trusted Places removes need to unlock device in select geographical areas  —  Google Play Services Update Adds Trusted Places Feature To Lollipop's Smart Lock  —  Smart Lock in Lollipop encompasses both trusted face and trusted devices, but a new option is joining the party—trusted places.
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg:
Apple still committed to bringing jobs to Mesa, Arizona, plans to repurpose the sapphire plant  —  Apple Sticking With Arizona Plan After Supplier Falters  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) has told officials in Mesa, Arizona, that it's committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to the area …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Apple Watch will feature info-rich “Long Look” notifications if wearer keeps wrist raised, and static, non-interactive maps  —  11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works  —  As of today, developers can now make apps for Apple Watch.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Amazon's $39 Fire TV Stick starts shipping today, but new orders won't arrive before January 15  —  As expected, Amazon today started shipping its $39 Fire TV Stick to fill preorders.  Yet if you preordered the streaming device in the last few days or want to order it now, don't expect to see it before January 15, 2015.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung shifts gears again with Tizen, now targeting $100 phone market, taking on Android One  —  Tsk, tsk, Tizen: How Samsung's OS stumbled — and aims to rise again  —  The Korean electronics giant is shifting gears again with its troubled mobile operating system, now aiming for affordability …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Viber messaging app launches Public Chats to let you follow live conversations of celebrities  —  Messaging App Viber Takes A Step Into Social Networking With New Public Chats Feature  —  A lot of messaging apps have been highlighting how their services are a great way for people …
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
Toronto Asks Court to Shut Down Uber's Operations  —  Toronto is asking a court to order the mobile car-booking service Uber Technologies Inc. to shut down in North America's fourth-largest city.  —  Uber has been operating in Toronto since 2012 without a proper license …
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Google News Displaying “Suggested For You” Stories Customized To Match Your Interests  —  Google News founder Krishna Bharat used his Google+ account to announce a new “Suggested for you” feature in Google News.  —  According to his post, Google News will now include a “Suggested for you” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's New Bookmarking Interface, Formerly Called “Stars,” Goes Live In Chrome Beta  —  Last month, Google quietly launched its new bookmarking service previously called Stars on the Chrome Web store as a free download.  Today, the company says it's integrating the feature into the Google Chrome browser.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus & iPad Air 2 lose out to Samsung & Surface in detailed color accuracy analysis  —  Following its detailed reports on displays used in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, today DisplayMate published a scientific analysis of color accuracy for the six best mobile displays it's tested this year.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Jolla Crowdfunds $380K+ To Build An iPad Alternative  —  Update: Well that was very fast indeed.  Jolla's Indiegogo campaign to build an open source iPad alternative — taking its Sailfish OS onto the tablet form factor — has passed its initial funding target of $380,000 with around 2,450 backers putting in cash.
Andrew Grush / Android Authority:
Report: Google hopes to launch Play app store in China, moderating its approach with Beijing  —  Google Play may be coming to China  —  For those in major markets like the United States, we tend to think of Android as a Google-powered OS that is centered around the search giant's services like Maps, Google Play and many others.
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Motorola's $25 Keylink will help you find your misplaced smartphone with the push of a button  —  Between the release of the Moto X, Droid Turbo and taking on a new taskmaster, Motorola Mobility has been extremely busy.  With no signs of slowing down, the former Google company just announced …

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Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
Protect Yourself from SIM Jacking  —  SIMjacker allows attackers to hijack any phone just by sending it an SMS message.  Steve Gibson explains how it works on the Security Now podcast.
Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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