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November 5, 2015, 5:30 PM

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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Facebook launches Music Stories post format that lets iOS users listen to 30-second clips of music shared from Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes within News Feed  —  Facebook adds song clips from Spotify and Apple Music to your News Feed  —  As part of its ongoing effort to surface every bit …
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.
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.
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.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
YouTube makes all of its videos viewable on Cardboard VR headset through its Android app, iOS support coming soon  —  YouTube bolts into next phase of virtual reality with 3D video  —  The world's largest video site dives further into VR in a big way.  It's letting you step into new 3D worlds …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Medium lets any user hide all responses below their posts  —  Medium now lets users shield themselves from nasty comments  —  Blogging platform Medium, known for its interest in fostering intraplatform discussion, is now allowing writers to hide response posts.  —  Here's how Medium introduced the new tool:
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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.
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Sophisticated DDoS attacks hit ProtonMail, leading to a crippled ISP, $6K payment to perpetrators, talks with CloudFlare, others, and a GoFundMe campaign  —  ProtonMail Pays Crooks $6,000 In Bitcoin To Cease DDoS Bombardment  —  ProtonMail is getting its first taste of life as an entity known …
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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Google seeking partners to co-develop chips to bring more uniformity and new features to Android phones, and better compete with Apple  —  With Apple in Mind, Google Seeks Android Chip Partners  —  Google recently talked with some microchip makers about developing chips based …
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.

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