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October 20, 2015, 12:20 PM

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Charles Arthur / The Overspill:
Google's growing problem: 50% of people do zero searches per day on mobile  —  Amit Singhal in 2011 showing a comparison of search volumes from mobile and “early desktop years”.  Photo by Niall Kennedy on Flickr.  —  Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, let slip a couple of interesting statistics …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sky-high valuations begin to backfire on some Silicon Valley companies trying to raise more money or go public  —  Tech Startups Feel an IPO Chill  —  Sky-high valuations are starting to backfire on some Silicon Valley companies that are trying to raise more money or go public; Dropbox stalls
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook says new Apple TV coming next week, reveals 6.5m paying Apple Music subscribers  —  As expected, Tim Cook today took the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference for an interview.  During his time on stage, Cook discussed a variety of topics, ranging from iPhone to Apple Watch and to Apple Music.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook rolls out instant articles to all iOS users and announces an Android beta  —  Five months after introducing its fast-loading instant articles into the News Feed, Facebook is now rolling out the format to all iPhone users, the company said today.  Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's …
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Mozilla-backed Let's Encrypt says its free HTTPS certificates are now trusted by all major browsers  —  Let's Encrypt is one step closer to offering free HTTPS certificates to everyone  —  Let's Encrypt has announced that its free security certificates are now trusted by all major browsers …
New York Post:
FBI and other federal agencies are investigating a teen who claims to have hacked CIA director's AOL account, which contained work-related documents  —  Teen says he hacked CIA director's AOL account  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's email scandal didn't stop the head of the CIA from using …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times partners with Google on virtual reality project, will distribute over 1M cardboard VR viewers to subscribers, and will release new VR film  —  The Times Partners With Google on Virtual Reality Project  —  The New York Times announced on Tuesday a virtual reality project …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
BrowserPopcorn Shut Down By the MPAA, Dev Says  —  Last Friday, TorrentFreak was contacted by Milan Kragujevi, a web developer with a brand new service up his sleeve.  As the name implies, BrowserPopcorn.xyz looked very similar to the Popcorn Time application that has gained so much publicity in recent times.
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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New Android phones and tablets that ship with Marshmallow should enable full-disk encryption by default if their AES crypto perfomance exceeds 50 MiB/s  —  Android 6.0 re-implements mandatory storage encryption for new devices  —  As long as you meet the minimum speed requirements, that is.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Invests In Mobvoi, Its Android Wear Partner In China  —  Google's services are not available in China, but that isn't stopping it from making a significant investment in a company based on Chinese soil.  The U.S. search giant is backing Mobvoi, a three-year-old company specializing …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Ex-DEA agent Carl Force sentenced to 78 months for Bitcoin theft during Silk Road investigation  —  Ex-U.S. agent gets over six years for bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe  —  A former U.S. federal agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Monday for stealing bitcoins during …

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