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November 15, 2015, 12:40 AM

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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 …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Airbnb launches “smart pricing” option to automatically adjust rental prices according to demand, more tools to make hosting easier  —  Airbnb makes it easier to turn your home into a hotel  —  Airbnb is making it easier for hosts to rent out their homes and target business travelers …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Privacy advocate warns FTC about ads that use inaudible sound to link phone, TV, tablet, and PC  —  Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC  —  Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.  —  Privacy advocates …
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Tim Cook calls incident in which black teens were barred from Apple Store an “opportunity to learn”, says store leadership will refresh training on inclusion  —  Here's Tim Cook's Email About The Black Teens Barred Entry From Apple Store  —  Earlier this week …
TechCrunch:
Evernote's Freshly Minted COO Linda Kozlowski Is Leaving The Company  —  Evernote made a name for itself as the platform where you could store your ideas and notes for life, and beyond.  But the same permanence does not apply to the people who work there.  —  We've confirmed through multiple sources …
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Marc Andreessen Sold 73 Percent of his Facebook Stock in the Last Two Weeks  —  Facebook board member Marc Andreessen is padding his wallet ahead of the holiday shopping season.  —  Andreessen, an early Facebook investor and board member since 2008, has sold over 1.5 million shares …
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Turkey blocks access to Reddit under controversial censorship law  —  The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit.  Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect.
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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.
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.
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.

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