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November 18, 2015, 7:35 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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Groupon Exits Sweden, Denmark, Norway And Finland In Ongoing Global Retreat  —  Yet more news of closures at Groupon, the daily deals and local commerce platform.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company has ceased operations immediately in four more countries, all in Europe …
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.
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 …
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 …

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