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November 20, 2014, 4:47 AM

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Al Franken:
Sen. Al Franken asks Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for answers on privacy, God view tool, discipline for Emil Michael, and tracking journalists  —  Dear Mr Kalanick:  —  I am writing in regard to reports of recent comments and actions by top Uber executives concerning journalists.
Maya Kosoff / Business Insider:
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Firefox drops Google as default search engine, signs five-year deal with Yahoo  —  Today, Yahoo and Mozilla announced a five-year partnership that would make Yahoo the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser on mobile and desktop.  The agreement also sets the stage …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Default search engine for Firefox in Europe remains Google, Yandex in Russia, Baidu in China  —  Mozilla CEO: It Wasn't Money — Yahoo Was The Better Strategic Partner For Firefox  —  Mozilla CEO Chris Beard says when presented with deals of “equivalent economics” to power search in Firefox, Yahoo was the better partner.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent licensor  —  Cisco is preparing to dole out a serious chunk of cash to settle its patent lawsuit with Rockstar, a patent-holding company created out of the ashes of Nortel, a Canadian telecom.  —  The $188-million pre-tax charge …
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 …
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Qualcomm to Build ARM-Based Server Chips  —  Qualcomm, the world's top mobile chip maker, is ready to get into the crowded ARM-based server chip business.  —  At the company's annual analyst day Nov. 19 in New York, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said company engineers have been working on the technology “for some time.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3  —  In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06.
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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