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November 5, 2015, 12:30 PM

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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Facebook adds song clips from Spotify and Apple Music to your News Feed  —  As part of its ongoing effort to surface every bit of information you could possibly need without ever having to leave your News Feed, Facebook has begun rolling out a new music feature that will let you sample the music shared into your feed.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Canalys Estimates Apple Has Shipped Seven Million Watches, Fewer Than Some Projected  —  Apple has shipped seven million Apple Watches since its introduction this spring, giving the technology giant a firm lead in the nascent smartwatch market, according to researcher Canalys.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Data Labs, The Company Behind Mileage-Tracking App MileIQ  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Mobile Data Labs.  While that name probably doesn't ring a bell, the company's MileIQ app is one of the most popular Android and iOS mileage tracking apps for getting deductions and reimbursements.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find 20K samples of adware Android apps in third-party app stores that gain root access and are nearly impossible to remove  —  New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove  —  20,000 samples found impersonating apps from Twitter, Facebook, and others.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Karma's Mobile Hotspot Adds “Neverstop,” A $50 Per Month Unlimited Data Plan  —  Karma, the makers of the pay-as-you-go LTE mobile hotspot that began shipping earlier this summer, announced today a new type of data plan meant to appeal to those who more regularly use their device.
Stephen Pulvirent / Bloomberg Business:
Lytro debuts its Immerge video camera for virtual reality filmmaking, available in 2016 for between $250K and $500K  —  This UFO-Shaped Mega-Camera Might Be the Future of Virtual Reality  —  The Lytro Immerge is a next-generation VR camera rig for professionals that will start at $250,000.
Tom Tarantino / The Twitter Blog:
Introducing Twitter's public policy #transparency page  —  As Twitter has become a live, public, and conversational window to world events, we have worked to educate policymakers and civil society organizations about our services and policies and pursued public policies that advance the interests of Twitter and the people who use it.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hits 8 Billion Daily Video Views, Doubling From 4 Billion In April  —  Facebook video viewership is growing by leaps and bounds.  It now sees 8 billion average daily video views from 500 million users.  That's up from just 4 billion video views per day in April.
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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
After victory in San Francisco, Airbnb pledges to launch 100 home-sharing political clubs in 100 US cities  —  Airbnb flexes new political muscle with plans for 100 home-sharing clubs  —  An expensive fight over Airbnb here ended with voters opposing a measure that would have restricted short-term rentals.

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