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November 17, 2015, 7:20 PM

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Official Google Blog:
Google rolls out redesigned Google+ with focus on Communities and Collections; users can opt-in today  —  Introducing the new Google+  —  If you head over to Google+ today, you'll see that things look a little different.  —  Since we last posted, we've spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In the aftermath of Paris attacks, intelligence agencies scapegoat encryption to mask the failures of mass surveillance  —  Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance  —  Well that took no time at all.  Intelligence agencies rolled right into the horror …
Bret Arsenault / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to create a Cyber Defense Operations Center and an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, with security experts for rapid response to security threats  —  Enterprise security for our mobile-first, cloud-first world  —  Today, I was able to join Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Washington …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Apple Pay available in Canada today and Australia on Thursday, via American Express cards; Tesco and TSB join Apple Pay in UK today  —  Apple Pay expands as it vies for broader acceptance  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries …
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Pushbullet Introduces A Pro Plan, Will Soon Require $5 A Month Or $40 A Year For Some Of The Currently Free Features  —  We here at Android Police have a thing for Pushbullet.  You could even call it a crush.  Not everyone on the team uses it, but we and many of our readers agree that it's a solid service.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google And ASUS Launch The $85 Chromebit, A Chrome OS Desktop On An HDMI Stick  —  Earlier this year, Google and ASUS announced the Chromebit — a full Chrome OS-based computer on an HDMI stick.  Today, the two companies are officially launching this new way of using Chrome OS on any screen with an HDMI port.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Brings Same-Day Delivery To New York Through Expanded Postmates Partnership  —  Earlier this year, Apple began offering same-day delivery of its products and accessories through its Apple Store mobile application, and then later expanded that option to its online web store thanks to its partnership with delivery service Postmates.
Jared Newman / TechHive:
LG to bring Google Play Movies and TV to its Smart TV range later this month in US, UK, Australia, and Canada  —  LG brings Google Play Movies & TV to its Smart TV range  —  Google's video store for televisions slowly expands beyond Chromecast and Android TV.  —  Google's video store is getting a new home on LG's smart TVs.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Netflix open sources Spinnaker, its cloud resource management tool for AWS, with support for Google Cloud Platform and Cloud Foundry, Azure support coming soon  —  Netflix launches open source project ready for Amazon, Google clouds  —  Additional deployment support for Microsoft Azure was said to be …
Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire:
Sneak Peek: Facebook plans epic rooftop park, with walking trails and giant fire pit, at new Seattle office … Facebook's new Seattle office will feature a large rooftop park complete with a walking trail, giant fire pit and BBQ-style dining area, plus a covered cafeteria and an outdoor events space …
More: GeekWire
Toby Shapshak / Forbes:
Facebook expands its Free Basics services, bundling with free mobile data on Bharti Airtel Africa in 17 African countries  —  Facebook Adds More Free Services In Africa  —  Facebook's Free Basic services will be provided with free mobile data for its users on Bharti Airtel Africa in 17 countries in Africa.

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