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November 19, 2014, 4:55 PM

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BuzzFeed:
Uber investigating its New York GM Josh Mohrer for tracking journalist's location without consent; internal “God View” tool makes tracking customers easy  —  “God View:” Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations  —  In the wake of a BuzzFeed News story …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Barnes and Noble debuts Nook Audiobooks app on Android  —  For those times you'd rather have someone else read to you, Barnes and Noble is outfitting Android devices with an app that does just that.  Nook Audiobooks taps into the retailer's library of over 50,000 titles via the aforementioned phones …

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