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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom: Whisper's Neetzan Zimmerman says the Guardian's coverage deliberately misrepresents how the service works  —  Neetzan Zimmerman, who runs the editorial operation at Whisper, said in an interview that a series of stories by The Guardian that raised concerns about the anonymous app's privacy …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Privacy Router Anonabox Gets $600K in Crowdfunding—And Huge Backlash  —  When it launched on Kickstarter earlier this week, the Tor-enabled router project known as Anonabox successfully tapped into thousands of Internet users' desire for simpler privacy tech.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Cortana gets new features powered by Bing: Evening alerts, concerts, flights, and local app recommendations  —  Microsoft today announced improvements to Cortana that take advantage of recent Bing advancements in speech recognition, entity understanding, and stream processing.

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Snapchat: Snapchat ads to roll out this weekend, will appear as a single ad in “Recent Updates” for US users, never in personal communications  —  Advertising on Snapchat  —  This weekend we're placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus preview images  —  As promised, Google today released the full Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, along with updated developer images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.  The latest version of Android isn't available just yet …

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal: Google's VP of engineering for Android is now also overseeing Chrome OS's engineering team, pointing to a possible convergence of the OSes  —  Executive Change Is Latest Hint of Chrome-Android Marriage  —  A management shift inside Google points to the possibility that the company's two operating systems will come together.

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Krebs on Security: Facebook warns its users who use the same credentials as those stolen in earlier Adobe breach  —  Facebook Warns Users After Adobe Breach  —  Facebook is mining data leaked from the recent breach at Adobe in an effort to help its users better secure their accounts.

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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Twitter to roll out its Buy button to general public in early 2015  —  Twitter is aiming to launch its new Buy button to all organizations some time in the first quarter of 2015, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The Buy button officially debuted last month with Twitter testing its functionality …

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Allen Pike: Developer notes difficulties of supporting old iPads, says obsolescence of A5 CPU is overdue  —  The iPad zombie  —  In March 2011, Apple announced the iPad 2.  It was an incredible leap forward, dramatically thinner and faster than the original iPad.  In many ways, the iPad 2 was when the iPad hit its stride.

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Jonathan Zdziarski: Whisper iOS app collects user location within 100 meters, data could be fuzzed server-side  —  Preliminary Findings on Whisper  —  At the suggestion of @kashhill, I did a brief analysis of the Whisper iOS application, which appears to be at the height of controversy with respect to user privacy.

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John Carroll / FierceBiotech News: Canaan debuts $675M fund with an eye for biotech, med tech deals  —  When Canaan Partners rolled out its last $600 million fund in 2012, the partners expected that it would last a full three years.  But in these fast and furious days of venture deals, it wasn't quite enough money for that kind of time horizon.

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Xav de Matos / Joystiq: PS4 ‘2.0 update’ adds broadcast archiving, USB music player  —  PlayStation has revealed a fresh slate of changes coming to the PS4 interface in the upcoming 2.0 system update alongside a few items we already knew about, such as the ability to gussy up your console with themes.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card  —  Apple isn't the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases - Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions.

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Uber fired driver for tweeting negative articles about company; driver has since been re-hired  —  Uber Deactivated A Driver For Tweeting A Negative Story About Uber  —  Uber's watching you, and if you say something bad about the company, you might get booted out.

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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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