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November 4, 2015, 2:10 PM

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BBC:
Proposed new UK surveillance bill requires ISPs to store which sites users visit for a year  —  May unveils plan to store web browsing  —  Internet firms will have to store data on what people access online for a year, under new surveillance law plans.  —  At the same time …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Sources: Jet.com is close to closing $500M+ round led by Fidelity, at a pre-money valuation of $1B  —  Jet.com raises $500 million from Fidelity  —  Jet.com, the ambitious e-commerce startup taking on Amazon, has raised a $500 million round of venture capital led by Fidelity, according to people familiar with the company.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Microsoft and Red Hat Team Up to Offer Linux on Azure Cloud  —  Microsoft said today that it will offer Red Hat's version of the open source Linux operating system on its Azure cloud computing platform.  —  The alliance, which will be detailed in a webcast later today …
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop.  F: Voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals  —  San Francisco voters were poised Tuesday night to hand a decisive victory to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals.  Proposition F, a measure to curb short-term rentals drastically …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Bitcoin economy: price is at highest level of the year, transaction volume increasing, becoming more international, growing number of Bitcoin ATMs  —  The growing Bitcoin economy, in 5 charts  —  Bitcoin hasn't received the kind of hype in 2015 that it has in previous years.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft begins accepting signups for Cortana for iOS beta in US and China  —  Microsoft opens up its Cortana for iPhone beta  —  Microsoft is getting ready to let iPhone users test a version of Cortana for iOS.  The software maker has been steadily testing the app over the past six months internally …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA claims responsibility for shutting down popcorntime.io and torrent site YTS  —  MPAA Touts Big Legal Success Against Popcorn Time  —  The studios trade association has scored injunctions in Canada and New Zealand over PopcornTime.io and the torrent outfit YTS.
Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets360.com:
10 Months and 2 Million Downloads Later, Vivaldi Browser Hits Beta  —  Perhaps the world could do without a new Web browser.  Google's Chrome, despite being a resource and battery hog, manages to get the work done for most, while Windows 10 continues to help Microsoft Edge be the default browser for millions of users.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley Leaves Company Because Of Diversity Issues  —  Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley, the only black engineer in a leadership position at Twitter, just publicly announced that he has left the company.  In his post, he says his reasons for leaving …

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