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November 18, 2015, 5:15 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / The San Francisco Examiner:
San Francisco Uber driver says he faced company retaliation after publicly questioning executive about low earnings  —  Driver says Uber targeted his profile after he critiqued high-level executive  —  An Uber driver who critiqued the company's top-brass at a highly publicized event now tells …
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.
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.

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