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November 18, 2015, 11:10 AM

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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 …
Josh Meyer / NBC News:
ISIS has a 24-hour help desk to help members recruit jihadists and use encryption to avoid detection by law enforcement  —  ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock  —  NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Magnetic Apple Watch Dock for $79  —  Following a handful of leaked images yesterday, TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has launched an official Apple Watch magnetic charging dock today for $79.  —  German blogger Benjamin Scholtysik managed to get his hands on the official dock …
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.
Blair MacGregor / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad Pro boasts ‘top tier display,’ but falls behind iPad mini 4 & Microsoft Surface Pro 4  —  A showdown pitting the new iPad Pro display against the rest of the tablet market has found that Apple's new 12.9-inch Retina display is an excellent panel, though it can't outmatch …
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
DJI announces AirMap-powered GEO system that provides real-time flight restriction updates for drone operators, coming in December  —  Drone companies are doubling down on maps with safety in mind  —  DJI, the world's leading drone maker, announced Tuesday it's revamping its maps …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Visual Studio now supports debugging Linux apps; Code editor now open source  —  Microsoft doubles down on cross-platform software development.  —  NEW YORK—Developers can now debug apps running on Linux servers or IoT devices from the comfort of Visual Studio.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Taxi owners, lenders sue New York City over Uber  —  Taxi owners and lenders on Tuesday sued New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of the popular ride-sharing business Uber was destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.
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.
New York Times:
Sources: Lyft looking to raise $500M in new funding at valuation of about $4B  —  Lyft Said to Seek $500 Million in Funding  —  Even as questions swirl over the fund-raising environment for hot young start-ups, the ride-hailing sector is barreling into new funding talks at top speed.
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 …
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Perkins, in its first Bitcoin-related deal, leads $12.5M Series A in blockchain payment startup Align Commerce  —  Kleiner Perkins Makes First Bitcoin-Related Deal With Align Commerce … Align Commerce Corp.'s use of bitcoin is invisible and almost irrelevant to its business customers.
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.

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