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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Microsoft lays off 638 in Seattle area, 3,000 globally, nearly completing its planned 18K cuts  —  Microsoft cuts another 3,000 jobs, finishing last big phase of layoffs … Microsoft this morning cut an additional 3,000 jobs from its workforce around the world, saying it has now completed almost …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple in talks with distributors to sell iPhones in Iran pending relaxed sanctions  —  Apple in Talks With Distributors to Sell iPhone in Iran  —  Apple is in talks with Iranian distributors that could see the iPhone being sold in the country should Western sanctions lift sufficiently, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Bitstrips Closes $8M Series B As It Launches Custom Emoji App, Bitmoji  —  What happens when stickers and emoji collide in a bespoke mash-up that uses your own self-image as the canvas?  Bitmoji happens that's what: a new Android and iOS app from personalized comic strips app Bitstrips …

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Barry Levine / VentureBeat: Pre-IPO Cardlytics lands $70M to expand ‘whole wallet’ targeting based on bank transactions  —  Your money in a bank makes money for the bank.  But Atlanta-based Cardlytics also helps them make money on your digital trail — and it has just scored a whopping $70 million to expand beyond banks as it readies for IPO.

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Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog: IBM to incorporate Twitter data into their analytics tools, enterprise solutions  —  Changing the way business decisions are made  —  We believe that social data has unlimited value, and near limitless application.  Today, we're taking an important step toward unleashing this value through a new relationship with IBM.

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider: CurrentC alerts users of its pilot program that the email addresses of some were obtained by unauthorized third parties; app was not affected  —  Wal-Mart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Hacked  —  Here's a bad sign for CurrentC, the fledgling mobile payment system in development by a consortium of retailers.

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: CurrentC Alerts Users of Unauthorized Access to Email Addresses  —  Just hours after publishing a blog post answering some questions about its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments system and touting the security of its cloud-based storage of sensitive information, the company behind the effort …

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CNET: HP announces cheaper, faster 3D printing technology called Multi Jet Fusion, planned for 2016  —  HP dives into 3D printing with the new Multi Jet Fusion  —  The tech giant makes its long-awaited jump into 3D printing — but its machine won't be widely available until 2016.

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Lauren Goode / Re/code: Cycling-Centric Fitness App Strava Raises $18.5 Million in Venture Capital Funding  —  Strava, maker of a popular mobile app for cycling and other athletic endeavors, has raised $18.5 million in Series D funding and brought in a renowned venture capitalist as an advisor.

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George Anders / Forbes: HP Sprout: $1899 all-in-one Win 8 PC with 3D scanning cameras, projector, and a touch-mat  —  If Da Vinci Had A Desktop, It Would Be HP's $1,899 Sprout  —  Push aside your keyboard.  Get rid of your mouse.  Desktop computing's traditions are being upended by the $1,899 Sprout …

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: MCX Confirms Retailer Exclusivity for CurrentC Mobile Payments, but No Fines for Leaving Consortium  —  Much of the Apple news in recent days has centered around Apple Pay and what Tim Cook referred to on Monday as a “squirmish” in which several retailers backing a competing mobile payments initiative known …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt, A “Future-Proofed” Payment Terminal  —  The former head of Google Wallet and longtime PayPal exec, Osama Bedier, is this morning revealing his new company Poynt, a “future-proofed” payment terminal that combines an Android-based tablet with a hardware docking station …

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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Apple exec: Don't expect Apple SIM to show up in iPhones  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) decided to put its Apple SIM card inside its new iPads because it didn't know which wireless carriers its customers would choose and because the company wanted to give its customers more choice, according to an Apple executive.

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: Unclassified White House network breached, no system damage or evidence of classified network hack  —  Hackers breach some White House computers  —  Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Office for Mac 2015 internal presentation leaked; looks just like Windows version, supports Retina displays, launching next year  —  Leaked Office for Mac 2015 screenshots look just like Windows version  —  Microsoft is bringing Office for Mac and Windows closer together

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade  —  Reddit is continuing to expand its presence beyond its wildly popular sharing site — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a service that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors.

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Reiji Murai / Reuters: Nintendo beats forecasts on Mario Wii U lift, on track for full-year profit  —  (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co vaulted to an unexpected quarterly operating profit as new game “Mario Kart 8” stoked sales of its Wii U console, bolstering hopes it was on track for its first annual profit in four years.

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Jeff Parsons / TechRadar.com: OPPO launches two smartphones: N3, with auto-rotating 16 MP camera, and world's thinnest R5  —  Oppo N3 launches alongside 'world's thinnest smartphone'  —  Features a 16MP motorised camera … We've known for some time that the Oppo N3 was in the pipeline, but today the company officially revealed …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple's Greg Joswiak blames iOS 8.0.1 issues on software distribution  —  In a rare interview on Tuesday, Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg “Joz” Joswiak mostly towed the company line, but did reveal that issues with last month's iOS 8.0.1 rollout were caused by software distribution issues.

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Ruckus launches its first small business router: Could this be Google's new Wi-Fi hardware?  —  Ruckus Wireless will supply the gear for Google's planned business Wi-Fi service, Gigaom has learned.  The catch is Ruckus has never sold any small business products — not until today, that is.

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Anna Irrera / Wall Street Journal: U.K. Regulator to Explore Benefits of Blockchain Technology  —  The United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority is to explore the potential benefits of the technology underpinning bitcoin to the wider financial services industry, according to the regulator's chief executive.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: OneNote for iOS gets cloud storage attachments and Touch ID, OneNote for Mac gets SharePoint Server support  —  Microsoft today announced updates to OneNote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac with a slew of new features.  You can download the first two directly from Apple's App Store (iPhone, iPad) and the third from the Mac App Store.

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Apple expands iAd platform to 70 new countries, bringing total to 95  —  Apple has announced that starting today, the iAd platform will be available in 70 new countries, bringing the total number of supported nations to 95.  —  Today's expansion is by far the largest the company has ever attempted …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: LG Shipped A Record 16.8 Million Smartphones In Q3 2014, Up 39% Year-On-Year  —  Samsung is under-pressure as a long-period of growth continues to flatten out, but things couldn't be going much better for fellow Korean phone-maker LG, which just announced that it shipped a best-ever 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 2014.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Stripe Hires Top Google Ops Exec Claire Johnson to Lead Business Operations  —  Stripe has nabbed longtime Google exec Claire Johnson as its new head of business operations, in one of the first major management hires by the online payments software startup.  —  Johnson, who has been at the …

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