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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Square Register, Sans Payments And Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS  —  Last week, when Square started pre-orders for new chip-based card-reading hardware to upgrade its older mag-stripe readers, we noted that it seemed only a matter of time before the company would finally turn …

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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Fitbit users can view their data in Apple's Health app with $0.99 3rd-party app Sync Solver  —  Fitbit users can finally view their data in the Health app thanks to 99 cent sync tool  —  A 99 cent app finally allows owners of Fitbit activity trackers to view their data in Apple's Health app.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 aims to protect your phone from deadly drops  —  It's unlikely we'll see a truly impervious smartphone screen anytime soon, but Corning says it's getting us closer.  Today the company is announcing Gorilla Glass 4, the latest revision of its signature cover glass.

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Kevin Montgomery / Valleywag: Uber Wants to Be In Charge of Your Student Loan Debt  —  Uber is already pushing subprime car loans onto their drivers.  Now the ethically-challenged on-demand car service wants to manage their drivers' student loan debt too.  —  Multiple tipsters tell Valleywag that the company quietly rolled …

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Martin Beck / Marketing Land: Forrester: brands should invest more on their own websites, and Instagram or Pinterest, instead of Facebook and Twitter  —  Forrester Says Marketers Are Wasting Resources on Facebook, Twitter  —  Because of low reach and engagement on the major social networks, report suggests that brands …

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Ian Paul / PC World: Watching shows online is more common now, Flurry says, but TV's hardly dead yet  —  We're all spending more time with smartphones and tablets.  So much so that the “second screen” may now be the “first screen,” depending on the data you read.  —  Mobile analytics and advertising firm Flurry released …

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: Default search engine for Firefox in Europe remains Google, Yandex in Russia, Baidu in China  —  Mozilla CEO: It Wasn't Money — Yahoo Was The Better Strategic Partner For Firefox  —  Mozilla CEO Chris Beard says when presented with deals of “equivalent economics” to power search in Firefox, Yahoo was the better partner.

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Facebook shuttle bus drivers vote to join Teamsters union  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook shuttle bus drivers voted late Wednesday to join the Teamsters union.  —  The vote was 43-28.  —  The union drive was part of a growing campaign in Silicon Valley to secure better pay and working conditions for service workers.

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Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek: Cloud security firm CipherCloud raises $50M Series B led by Transamerica Ventures  —  CipherCloud Lands $50 Million To Protect All Things Cloud  —  Cloud security firm CipherCloud today announced that it has closed a massive $50 million round of funding led by Transamerica Ventures.

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Joshua Goldman / CNET: Parrot's Bebop smartphone-controlled drone will be available Dec. in the US for $499  —  Parrot Bebop drone lands in December for $499  —  The company's new smartphone-controlled quadcopter, first announced in May, is finally flying into stores.  —  If you're dying for a more affordable …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Developers In China Can Now Make Money Via Google Play Apps (But Not In China)  —  Google has announced that developers based in China can now make money from apps listed on the Google Play Store.  The update covers 130 international markets but not China itself, however.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Airware's Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures  —  Dull, dirty, and dangerous.  Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric's Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines.

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Advanced Variant of “NotCompatible” Android Malware a Threat to Enterprises  —  Mobile security firm Lookout has been monitoring the evolution of the Android Trojan dubbed “NotCompatible”, and they say the latest version of the malware is sophisticated enough to pose a threat to protected enterprise networks.

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent licensor  —  Cisco is preparing to dole out a serious chunk of cash to settle its patent lawsuit with Rockstar, a patent-holding company created out of the ashes of Nortel, a Canadian telecom.  —  The $188-million pre-tax charge …

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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek: Qualcomm to Build ARM-Based Server Chips  —  Qualcomm, the world's top mobile chip maker, is ready to get into the crowded ARM-based server chip business.  —  At the company's annual analyst day Nov. 19 in New York, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said company engineers have been working on the technology “for some time.

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Al Franken: Senator Al Franken asks Travis Kalanick for answers on privacy and targeting journalists  —  Dear Mr Kalanick:  —  I am writing in regard to reports of recent comments and actions by top Yber executives concerning journalists.  The reports suggest a troubling disregard for customers' privacy including …

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Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Data virtualization firm Primary Data comes out of stealth, announces $63M funding, brings on Steve Wozniak as chief scientist  —  Primary Data emerges from stealth at Demo with Woz as chief scientist  —  The Los Altos company raised about $63 million in funding to help in their plan …

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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider: Apple partnering with Rubicon Project to sell iAds through company's automated marketplace  —  Apple Is Planning To Turn Around iAd By Venturing Into Programmatic For The First Time  —  Apple's mobile advertising unit iAd is moving into programmatic advertising for the first time by partnering …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3  —  In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Firefox drops Google as default search engine, signs five-year deal with Yahoo  —  Today, Yahoo and Mozilla announced a five-year partnership that would make Yahoo the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser on mobile and desktop.  The agreement also sets the stage …

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Billy Steele / Engadget: Barnes and Noble debuts Nook Audiobooks app on Android  —  For those times you'd rather have someone else read to you, Barnes and Noble is outfitting Android devices with an app that does just that.  Nook Audiobooks taps into the retailer's library of over 50,000 titles via the aforementioned phones …

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: Motorola's $25 Keylink will help you find your misplaced smartphone with the push of a button  —  Between the release of the Moto X, Droid Turbo and taking on a new taskmaster, Motorola Mobility has been extremely busy.  With no signs of slowing down, the former Google company just announced …

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Andrew Grush / Android Authority: Report: Google hopes to launch Play app store in China, moderating its approach with Beijing  —  Google Play may be coming to China  —  For those in major markets like the United States, we tend to think of Android as a Google-powered OS that is centered around the search giant's services like Maps, Google Play and many others.

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Samsung shifts gears again with Tizen, now targeting $100 phone market, taking on Android One  —  Tsk, tsk, Tizen: How Samsung's OS stumbled — and aims to rise again  —  The Korean electronics giant is shifting gears again with its troubled mobile operating system, now aiming for affordability …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple Relabels “Free” Download Buttons On iTunes And Mac App Store To “Get” Following Pressure from EC  —  Across the iTunes and Mac App Stores today, a minor but also notable change is taking place with regard to how Apple is marketing its iOS and Mac applications.

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