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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders kick off as Apple Online Store returns  —  After going down earlier this morning to update the site in preparation for selling the new iPads, the Apple Online Store is back up with both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 available for pre-order.

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Martin Peers / The Information: HBO's standalone online streaming service likely won't be less than pay TV retail price of $15/month  —  HBO's Online Pricing Trap  —  HBO's broadband service looks doomed even before it starts.  —  While HBO hasn't disclosed details, pricing of the new broadband offering most likely …

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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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