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November 17, 2017, 2:40 PM

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Liz Hunt / The Keyword:
Google introduces new views in Maps for driving, navigation, and transit to better highlight relevant information, new colors and icons for places of interest  —  The world is an ever-evolving place.  And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it.  As roads close, businesses open …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple says it is delaying HomePod release from December to early 2018  —  So much for the holiday rush.  Apple announced this morning that its premiumHomePod smart speaker won't be making the company's initial December ship date.  According to a brief statement issued by the company …
Tom Turula / Business Insider:
Spotify announces it has acquired Soundtrap, a collaborative online music recording startup, reportedly for at least $30M  —  Spotify is buying Swedish music tech startup Soundtrap for an undisclosed amount.  —  Soundtrap is a collaborative online recording studio that was valued at $25 million (SEK 207 million) last year.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
MoviePass launches a one-year subscription plan for $89.95  —  For a limited time, MoviePass is offering a one-year subscription plan for a flat fee of $89.95, which translates to $7.50 a month (that price already includes a $6.55 processing fee).  That price is under this year's 3Q average movie ticket …
Jeff Gitlen / LendEDU:
Online survey of 564 US Bitcoin owners: 16% plan to hold investment for less than a year, 67% haven't sold any, 36% don't plan on reporting purchase to the IRS  —  The price of Bitcoin has risen dramatically since the start of the year.  The virtual currency now trades at $6,490 (as of 11/13), up from $997 at the start of 2017.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Global Cyber Alliance, IBM, and Packet Clearing House launch free Quad9 DNS service that blocks malicious domains using consolidated threat intelligence  —  Set DNS server to 9.9.9.9, and (known) malware and phishes won't be able to phone home.  —  The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC votes 3-2 to scale back the federal Lifeline program that gives low-income households a $9.25/month subsidy to buy Internet or phone service  —  70% of low-income wireless subscribers in Lifeline could have to find new ISPs.  —  Poor people may soon find it more difficult …

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