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November 24, 2016, 7:55 AM

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J. Alex Halderman / Medium:
UMich security expert says Clinton should petition for recount in PA, MI, WI given the insecurity of voting machines and sophistication of state-sponsored hacks  —  You may have read at NYMag that I've been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google and its TV and speaker hardware partners are phasing out Google Cast branding in favor of “Chromecast built-in”  —  Innovating in the internet-connected TV space is hard.  Finding the right way to market this technology to consumers may, however, be even harder.
Ankit Ajmera / Reuters:
Chinese online travel firm Ctrip to buy Scotland-based travel search site Skyscanner in $1.74B deal consisting mainly of cash; Ctrip shares up 9.2% after hours  —  Chinese online travel company Ctrip.com International Ltd (CTRP.O) said on Wednesday it agreed to buy UK-based Skyscanner Holdings Ltd …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft brings its Solitaire Collection to Android and iOS for free today, with a $1.99/month ad-free option available  —  Microsoft is bringing its popular version of Solitaire to iOS and Android today.  While the game as existed on Windows for more than 25 years, the modern Solitaire Collection …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Profile of Vergence Labs, a small LA startup Snap Inc. acquired in 2014 for Spectacles-related tech  —  Hundreds of people lined up off Venice Beach boardwalk on a sunny November morning to buy Snapchat's Spectacles from a bright yellow vending machine.  —  It was the first day the $130 camera glasses …
Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
A digital economy bill headed through UK parliament includes proposal censoring online videos of non-conventional sex acts, matching standards for offline porn  —  Campaigners label bill targeted at online pornography a ‘prurient’ intervention that will take Britain's censorship regime back to pre-internet era
Linda Sui / Strategy Analytics:
Strategy Analytics: smartphone profits hit $9B in Q3 2016 as Apple captures 91% share of global profits and Huawei takes second place with 2.4%  —  According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone profits reached US$9 billion in total during the third quarter of 2016.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Analysis shows Amazon deleted 500K+ reviews, 71% of which were “incentivized”, since changing its guidelines last month  —  Amazon is making good on its promise to ban “incentivized” reviews from its website, according to a new analysis of over 32,000 products and around 65 million reviews.

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