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November 14, 2015, 1:30 PM

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Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
Qualcomm formally launches Snapdragon 820, claims it consumes 30% less power over 810, expects devices to ship with it in first half of 2016  —  Qualcomm formally launches the Snapdragon 820 SoC: Here's what you need to know  —  Today, Qualcomm formally launched the Snapdragon 820 …
Darren Pauli / The Register:
Researcher showcases new Chrome exploit that affects all Android versions, compromises device after visiting malicious site; vulnerability not made public  —  Latest Android phones hijacked with tidy one-stop-Chrome-pop  —  Chinese researcher burns exploit for ski trip.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple updated App Store search algorithm to return results even if keyword is not in metadata or title  —  Apple's App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine  —  A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store's search algorithms are returning results.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Working On ‘Experience Card’, A Preloaded $1K MasterCard And Rewards Program  —  While Airbnb dukes it out with local regulators and fights off encroaching rivals, the company continues to look at ways of increasing the margins that it makes around its accommodation service and improving overall loyalty on its platform.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat introduces a ‘lens store’ to adorn your selfies with 99-cent filters  —  In September, Snapchat introduced Lenses, a way to augment your selfies with silly photos and animations: a monocle and mustache, say, or a violent bolt of lightning coming out of your mouth.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google publishes support docs detailing new wrist gestures, speaker support in Android Wear 1.4  —  To the surprise of pretty much no one, LG's recently-launched Watch Urbane 2nd gen. LTE runs the latest version of Android Wear, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
‘Nasty’ Bug In MetroPCS Site Left Personal Data of Subscribers Open to Hackers  —  Until this month, if you were one of the more than 10 million MetroPCS subscribers, anyone who knew your phone number could easily get all your personal information from the company's website, including your home address …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft's Project Astoria for emulating Android apps on hold indefinitely, may be shelved completely  —  Microsoft's Project Astoria and Android app emulation not happening anytime soon  —  During Microsoft's Build conference earlier this year the company announced their software Bridges for developers.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Crowdsources Business Listing Corrections, Map Edits With Expanded Local Guides Program  —  Google today is expanding its Local Guides program - the company's answer to Yelp's Elites, which encourages and rewards users for providing information on area businesses, including reviews, photos, and other details.
Raymond Wong / Mashable:
Facebook is testing the ability to search for posts within specific profile pages on desktop and iOS  —  Facebook may soon let you search individual profile pages (Updated)  —  Update: Friday, 12:33 p.m. ET: A Facebook spokesperson provided the following statement on the profile search feature:
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
500px Launches Its Photo Sharing And Licensing Platform In China  —  500px, the photography platform where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos, has become the latest Western technology company to enter China.  The Toronto-based startup launched a localized version of its service in China …
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