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November 17, 2015, 11:25 AM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay is now available in Canada with American Express, UK Apple Pay adds Tesco Bank and TSB  —  As expected, Apple Pay is now available in Canada.  You can use use eligible American Express bank cards to make mobile payments at a whole host of retailers that support the NFC technology across Canada.
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.
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Parmy Olson / Forbes:
UK To Create £165 Million DARPA-Like Fund For Cyber Security Startups  —  The British government has announced a bold series of new programs to boost its cyber security defences, including a new, £165 million ($250 million) fund that will see the government buy or invest in cyber security startups.
Chris Dixon / Medium:
What media firms can learn from the PC video game industry's embrace of freemium models, remixes, mods, and crowdsourcing  —  Lessons from the PC video game industry  —  The future of media is here—it's just not evenly distributed  —  The success or failure of tech and media products depends …
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Ben Kepes / Computerworld:
Are the container wars back again?  CoreOS and Docker roll out container security offerings  —  It might seem like a lifetime ago, but it was only last December when Silicon Valley startup CoreOS dropped a bit of a bombshell with a full-frontal assault on Linux container kingpin Docker's hegemony.
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Sources: Google wearable tech group Project Aura working on three prototypes, one with screen, and two without that rely on bone conduction like original Glass  —  Google Glass Successor Dumps Some Glass  —  So much for the screen.  We've learned that Google's revamped Google Glass project …
Mike Ayers / Wall Street Journal:
Oxford Dictionaries selects “face with tears of joy” emoji as 2015 Word of the Year  —  Oxford Dictionaries Selects an Emoji as Word of the Year  —  The Oxford Dictionaries has chosen its Word of the Year for 2015: An emoji depicting the “face with tears of joy.”
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's natural language search gets smarter, can now handle superlatives, ordered items, time based, and more complicated queries  —  Google's Natural Language Search Gets Smarter  —  Google is saying their search engine is getting better at understanding our natural language searches …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is testing multiple emoji reactions to tweets  —  The heart's reign of terror as the only emoji-based reaction to a tweet may be coming to an end.  Twitter user _Ninji noticed the ability to select multiple emoji from the heart, including the frown, the grimace, the party noisemaker, and the 100.
Alex Wagner / TmoNews:
MetroPCS introduces new plans that exempt music streamed from over 30 different music services from data caps  —  MetroPCS gets its own versions of Music Freedom and Binge On  —  Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's Binge On announcement, T-Mo is showing some love to its MetroPCS customers.

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Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
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IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
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