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November 17, 2017, 12:40 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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Report: Mashable has agreed to sell itself to Ziff Davis for around $50M, a fraction of the site's $250M valuation less than two years ago  —  Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it's not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter confirms it is testing a feature that will make it easier to publish tweetstorms  —  Twitter confirms it's testing a feature that allows users to more easily create “tweetstorms” - those series of connected tweets that have grown to be a popular workaround for Twitter's character count limitations.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Airbnb acquired adtech startup AdBasis on Nov. 13; AdBasis will be available to customers until Feb. 2018 and team will be brought into Airbnb  —  It looks like accessibility isn't the only thing that Airbnb wants to upgrade on its platform.  On the same day that Airbnb announced that it acquired Accomable …
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Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Coinbase announces Custody, a digital asset storage service for institutional clients with a minimum of $10M in deposits; early access product launching in 2018  —  Cryptocurrency wallet and exchange startup Coinbase is launching a new storage service aimed specifically at institutional investors.
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 …
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Online personal shopping startup Stitch Fix raises $120M in downsized IPO listing, pricing 8M shares at $15 apiece, below expected 10M shares at $18-$20  —  - Stitch Fix has touted its profitability, but its earnings recently took a hit from one-time items  —  Online personal shopping …

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