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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Social Network Tagged Rebrands as an App Incubator  —  Tagged, a social-networking site that's struggled to attract users and grow revenue since its founding a decade ago, is changing its name and trying a new approach.  —  The San Francisco-based company has renamed itself if(we) …

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Nancy Scola / Washington Post: Obama nominates ex-Google lawyer Michelle Lee to head US patent office in a victory for Silicon Valley  —  Obama nominates former Google exec to lead U.S. Patent Office  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria in 2011.  (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Michelle K. Lee …

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Guardian: Guardian responds to Whisper's denials, stands by its claims, urges media and users to keep pressing Whisper  —  Whisper: the facts  —  Executives from the anonymous social media app have dismissed as a ‘pack of lies’ the Guardian's revelation that they track users.  But the evidence is clear

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Derrick Harris / Gigaom: Investment firm KKR is putting $55M into a company that uses AI to automate IT processes  —  A German software company called Arago just received a $55 million investment from KKR in order to help take its IT automation software global.  The company's algorithms learn how to perform administrative tasks …

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Russ Garland / Wall Street Journal: VC investments in Q3 2014 at $11.01B, down 24% from Q2 but up 16% from Q3 2013  —  Venture Investment Slows in Third Quarter But Already Exceeds Last Year  —  Venture investors tapped the brakes in the third quarter, but the pace was still well ahead of last year with $37.28 billion deployed …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Amazon Fresh launches in New York, starting with Brooklyn's Park Slope area, for Amazon Prime members  —  Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City  —  Amazon's grocery delivery business is launching in New York City on Friday, the company said …

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Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette: In Paris, Uber fined €100K as advertising for UberPop declared illegal  —  A court decision ruled this week that advertising UberPop - Uber's low cost peer to peer transport solution in Europe - fining the company €100,000.  The case, which is independent of Uber's ongoing negotiations …

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Dan Frommer / Quartz: This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry  —  Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple's new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Gaming company Razer valued at $1B+ after new funding from Intel  —  Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+  —  Razer, the San Diego-based high-end gaming tech company, is on a roll.  In the wake of the latest models of its thin Blade gaming laptops, a partnership with Tencent in China …

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Wall Street Journal: Apple's iPhone 6 Finally Makes Its Debut in China  —  Apple launched its latest iPhone in China on Friday morning.  But unlike some past debuts for its new gadgets, the event was decidedly low-key.  —  About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple's store …

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Whisper CTO says tracking “anonymous” users not a big deal, really  —  Says Guardian article was “laughable,” then gets schooled by Moxie Marlinspike.  —  On Thursday, the Guardian reported that the developers of Whisper, an social media platform that allows individuals to post anonymous messages …

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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom: Facebook may have solved mobile, but Google is still struggling with it  —  Although Google missed the earnings mark, its overall health is strong.  —  Google's mobile ad strategy is sounding a lot like Facebook's these days.  On its third quarter earnings call Thursday …

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Conor Dougherty / New York Times: Analysts Ask What's Next for Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.  —  On a conference call with analysts on Thursday, after Google reported its third-quarter earnings, the questions came fast and furious …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Twitter experiment that showed tweets from unfollowed accounts arrives for all; new users will get suggested tweets to fill empty timelines  —  Twitter Is Finally Explaining Its Suggested Tweets Strategy  —  Twitter's finally opening up about its new algorithm, which shows users content they aren't asking for.

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Kill switch in Android Lollipop is opt-in, making it a less effective theft deterrent  —  Android Lollipop's New ‘Kill Switch’ Could Discourage Smartphone Theft — But It Still Needs Work  —  Smartphone thieves may now think twice about snatching your Android phone, but they won't be completely deterred yet.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom  —  Earlier this year, Apple announced that it was ending development on Aperture in order to work on an upcoming Photos app for OS X that will replace both Aperture and iPhoto.  —  At the time, Adobe …

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Google: The New “Messenger” App In Android 5.0 Is A Stock SMS/MMS Solution, Not A Hangouts Replacement / Rebrand  —  There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger.  We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go?

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: Firefox Hello adds video chat to Mozilla's browser  —  With its online chat feature, Mozilla works to break down the walls around services like Microsoft Skype and Google Hangouts.  —  Eager to infuse the Web with the communications interactivity of mobile apps, Mozilla on Thursday announced a video chat service called Hello.

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Steven Adair / Volexity Blog: Drupal 7 update available to fix critical SQL injection vulnerability  —  Drupal Vulnerability: Mass Scans & Targeted Exploitation  —  Yesterday (October 15, 2014), a critical SQL injection vulnerability in version 7 of the popular open source content management system (CMS) …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: In A First, Commerce Department Fines Intel Subsidiary For Exporting Encryption  —  For those who lived through the late 90's cryptowars, it's beginning to feel like history is repeating itself.  We've seen the series of recent stories about the US government's misguided …

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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Google plans to test millimeter-wave tech, possible foundation for high-speed wireless service  —  Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is preparing to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed …

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Lauren Orsini / ReadWrite: GitHub updates DMCA policy; takedowns no longer auto-disable forks, users given 24 hour grace period to fix infringements  —  GitHub's New Copyright Policy Includes Your Input  —  GitHub significantly revised the way it deals with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns on Thursday, in an effort for increased transparency.

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Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central: Verizon Lumia 735 not scheduled until early 2015  —  Verizon has yet to announce the Nokia Lumia 735 as coming to the carrier, and there may be a good reason for that: it is not due until 2015.  Multiple sources have confirmed with Windows Phone Central that the Verizon branded Lumia 735 with LTE …

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Florence Ion / PC World: Google Play Games' new nearby multiplayer capabilities make it easier to play with pals  —  As if Wednesday's beefy Nexus devices weren't already an indicator that Google is paying more attention to mobile gamers out there, now developers can include support for Nearby Multiplayer support in their mobile games.

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: AMD Q3 misses expectations: New CEO orders restructuring, global job losses; outlook bleak  —  Summary: The chipmaker announced on Thursday at its fiscal third-quarter earnings its restructuring plan, which will lead to a 7 percent drop in global headcount.  —  Zack Whittaker

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