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Justin Diaz / AndroidHeadlines: Fleksy announces $2M funding round, keyboard app for iOS and Android 75% off until Friday  —  Fleksy Announces $2 Million In Funding For Further App Development Alongside Android Update  —  If you haven't tried out Fleksy Keyboard yet, there really isn't a better time to give it a shot …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: MCX forbids participating retailers from accepting any competing mobile payment products, will issue “steep” fine if contract broken  —  Apple Pay Runs Afoul of MCX, a Group With a Rival Product  —  One week after its debut, Apple's new mobile wallet is showing promise with consumers.

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Tricia Duryee / GeekWire: Electronic Arts beats Q2 expectations, fueled by both console and digital sales  —  Electronic Arts, the publisher of Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies, reported earnings today that blew away Wall Street expectations.  The Redwood City, Calif.-based company reported a profit of 73 cents a share, beating estimates of 53 cents.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: OnePlus apologizes for pre-order problems, will offer another chance to order on November 17  —  After months and months of inconsistent availability and controversial marketing techniques, the OnePlus One finally went up for official pre-order yesterday.  As you'd expect however, the launch did not go as planned.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: WhatsApp's First Half Of 2014 Revenue Was $15M, Net Loss Of $232.5M Was Mostly Issuing Stock  —  Facebook disclosed financials of its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp for the first time today, and it looks like the 600 million user messaging app's revenue is still small.

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Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot: Verizon's tech news site SugarString won't let writers report on US spying or net neutrality  —  Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying  —  Verizon is getting into the news business.  What could go wrong?  —  The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: YouTube Introduces WatchMe For Android To Bring Live Broadcasting Capabilities To Apps  —  YouTube is bringing its live broadcasting capabilities to the world of third-party app developers starting today with the launch of the new open source project called “YouTube WatchMe for Android.”

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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Facebook warns of increased spending in 2015, expects costs to rise 55% to 75%  —  Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Tuesday of a dramatic increase in spending in 2015 and projected a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter, slicing a tenth off its market value.

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Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Ex-eBay, Google payments exec Tilenius launches mobile health startup Vida  —  Stephanie Tilenius, who has spent much of her recent career in the payments and commerce business at Google, eBay and PayPal, is getting back to her roots in a way with her latest startup.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete  —  More than four years ago, Steve Jobs declared war on Flash and heralded HTML5 as the way to go.  You could be forgiven if you thought the HTML5 standard — the follow-up to 1997's HTML 4 — has long been set in stone, given that developers …

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Sam Byford / The Verge: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: more fun and interesting than Note 4, curved screen of little use  —  Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review  —  A special screen on a proven phone — but is curved covetable?  —  I would very much like a flexible smartphone that I could scrunch up like paper and stuff into a pocket.

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Alina Selyukh / Reuters: U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether Internet TV should have the same access to television programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could shake up competition in the video industry.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Benchmark takes a small Tinder equity stake in exchange for partner Matt Cohler joining board, with no money invested  —  Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board  —  In an unusual investment configuration, Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark …

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge: Facebook's prized acquisition WhatsApp lost $140 million last year  —  Facebook's third quarter 2014 earnings are out, and with them, we're getting our first look ever at the financials of messaging giant WhatsApp.  Facebook spent $22 billion in cash and stock acquiring the company …

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Mike Carter / The Seattle Times: FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect  —  The FBI created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times Web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Timberline High School in 2007, documents reveal.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Beats In Q3 With $3.2B Revenue, User Growth Up A Slower 2.27% QOQ To 1.35B  —  For the ninth quarter straight, Facebook beat earnings projections thanks to 1.12 billion mobile users contributing 66% of its ad revenue.  Facebook racked up $3.203 billion in revenue with a $0.43 EPS in Q3 2014.

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Facebook: Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  —  “This has been a good quarter with strong results,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.  “We continue to focus on serving …

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Reuters: Following earnings, Twitter stock tumbles more than 10% due to decelerating user growth  —  Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc's efforts to improve user engagement and growth rates are taking longer than expected to gain traction …

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Tim Peterson / AdAge: Tumblr adds autoplaying video ads to dashboards; 11 brands including Lexus and Universal Pictures signed up at launch  —  Tumblr Queues Up Autoplay Video Ads to Hit $100 Million Revenue Mark  —  Universal Pictures, JCPenney, Lexus Among 10 Launch Advertisers

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Google X's Life Sciences team is developing nanoparticles that enter your bloodstream for early detection of cancer and other diseases  —  “We're Hoping to Build the Tricorder”  —  Google X's Andrew Conrad is developing an early disease detection system that could reinvent health care

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Startup studio Expa launches Reserve, an iOS app for reserving tables at top-tier restaurants and charges users $5 per reservation  —  Reserve, From Startup Studio Expa, Makes Restaurant Reservations Easier Than Ever  —  A startup called Reserve is launching a beta version of its …

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Joe Rossignol / 9to5Google: Google announces PwC as latest Apps for Work and Google Cloud Platform partner  —  Google announced on Tuesday that professional services company PwC is the latest business to adopt the Apps for Work suite and Google Cloud Platform.  The news comes less than one day after Google tabbed Squarespace …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Google launches Google Fit app for Android, capturing all your fitness data in one place  —  Google Fit was unveiled to the world back in June, promising a platform to help people track their fitness goals.  It's essentially a set of APIs that lets developers dig in to rival apps and combine data …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: FTC sues AT&T over ‘deceptive’ throttling of unlimited data customers  —  The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T because the carrier throttles speeds of its unlimited data customers, a policy that the FTC describes as “deceptive” and “unfair.”

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Taco Bell releases iOS and Android app allowing customers nationwide to order food for pickup  —  You can order Taco Bell from a smartphone starting today  —  Get ready to order FourthMeal with your smartphone.  Taco Bell will today announce a new app that lets customers nationwide order food ahead …

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