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November 17, 2017, 8:00 PM

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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 …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator; source says Thiel did not rejoin YC after the startup accelerator ended its part-time partners program  —  Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company blog post.
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 …
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.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Online fashion retailer Stitch Fix closes up 1% on its first day of trading, after raising $120M in a downsized IPO  —  Stitch Fix went up just 1 percent on its first day of trading.  After pricing at $15, the company closed at $15.15.  It's also below the opening trade of $16.90.
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
Brave browser now allows you to directly pay YouTube creators with bitcoin or Basic Attention Tokens  —  Users of the Brave Browser can now donate cryptocurrency, including the company's Basic Attention Token (BAT), directly to YouTubers.  —  With today's release of version 0.19.x …
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.

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