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November 18, 2015, 12:30 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Naomi Gleit / Facebook:
Facebook launches new tools for nonprofits: Fundraisers, a dedicated place for specific campaigns, and new Donate button to add to Pages and posts  —  Introducing New Tools for Nonprofits  —  With more than 150 million people around the world connected to a cause, Facebook is a global community …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Instagram shuts down its feed API, announces app review process beginning December 3  —  Instagram cracks down on third-party apps after password thefts  —  Third-party Instagram developers just got some very bad news.  Today, the service announced major revisions to its API policy …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Bing for iPhone app redesign adds deep links, emphasizes app integration in search  —  Bing for iPhone makes it easy to jump from search straight to your apps  —  As Windows Phone continues to struggle, Microsoft has turned its focus towards making its trademark services like Office, Outlook and Bing available on Android and iOS.
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.
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 …
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Source: Yahoo added to fantasy sports sites inquiry as New York attorney general issues subpoena to company  —  End Sought to Fantasy Sites in New York; Yahoo Is Said to Be Added to Inquiry  —  The New York State attorney general sought an injunction in state court on Tuesday to prohibit …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Athos, maker of smart clothing, raises $35.5M led by Social Capital, bringing the total it has raised to $51M  —  Athos Pushes Up To $51 Million In The Bank With Funding From Chamath Palhapitaya's Social+Capital  —  Wearable clothing may sound like an oxymoron, but it's a real thing and it's …
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 …
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.
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.

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