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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Verizon & Motorola announce Droid Turbo with 5.2" Quad HD display for $200 on contract Oct 30  —  Motorola's Droid Turbo comes to Verizon on Thursday  —  After months of speculation and a nearly endless stream of leaks, Motorola and Verizon today announced the latest smartphone in the Droid family, the Droid Turbo.

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: McDonald's extends Android NFC payments in all 14,000 US outlets with Softcard tie-up  —  Good news for McDonald's Android-using customers in the US - there is now more options for paying with NFC thanks to a tie-up between the fast food giant and Softcard.  —  To recap, Softcard …

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: IHS: iPad Air 2 costs $275 to $358 to build, implied profit margin of 45% to 57%  —  Apple's Latest iPad Costs About the Same as the First but With Slightly Lower Profits  —  Apple's iPad Air 2 costs roughly the same to build as its predecessor, with profit margins slightly lower than its predecessor …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: EFF Ranks Service Providers For Who Stands Up To Copyright/Trademark Bullies  —  We've written in the past about the EFF's Who Has Your Back rankings, in which it looks at various internet companies to see who protects your privacy against governments and lawsuits.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Google: Algoriddim brings its popular Mac and iOS ‘djay’ app to Android w/ Spotify integration  —  Algoriddim, the team behind the popular music mixing app djay, first shipped the commercial version of its flagship app in 2007 on the Mac followed by the iPad version in 2010 and the iPhone version in 2011.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France  —  Yelp continues with its march across Europe to build up its reach in local listings in the region.  Today, the company announced the acquisition of Cityvox, a reviews site in France that focuses on restaurants and nightlife and …

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Wall Street Journal: FireEye: Russian government sponsored malware found on US firm's network with military secrets  —  Hacking Trail Leads to Russia, Experts Say  —  Malicious Code Found at U.S. Firm Where Military Secrets Were Kept

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Josh Ong / The Next Web: Tidal launches as a $19.99 hi-fi music streaming service with editorial curation and videos  —  Tidal launches as a hi-fi music streaming service with editorial curation and videos  —  Aspiro Group, the company behind the WiMP Music streaming service in Europe, has launched a new service …

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Travel Search Site Hipmunk Cuts Yahoo Deal  —  Hipmunk is a tiny company compared to online travel giants like Priceline and Expedia that can far outspend it on marketing.  —  But Hipmunk, which has won a following for its simple, uncluttered hotel and flight search service …

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Ben Kepes / Forbes: Microsoft announces new Azure services, built-in mobile device management for Office 365  —  More Microsoft News From TechEd Europe—Azure, Mobile And Ecosystem  —  This week sees Microsoft head to Europe for its annual TechEd conference and, in keeping with the need for news announcements at the event …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft borrows Mac trackpad gestures for Windows 10  —  Microsoft introduced new trackpad gestures in Windows 8, but the company is expanding them further with the upcoming release of Windows 10.  In a keynote speech at TechEd Europe today, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore demonstrated …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: UK's New Call Telecom buys 70% stake in Nimbuzz for $175M  —  Messaging App Nimbuzz Goes To UK's New Call In $250M Deal  —  Yet more consolidation in the messaging app business: Nimbuzz, an early mover in messaging that currently has 200 million+ users with a large number of those in India, has been majority acquired by New Call.

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Elizabeth Rust / Guardian: Should we be concerned about Placemeter - an app which monitors street views from apartment windows?  —  Placemeter pays New Yorkers to suction-cup an old smartphone to their window, then records and analyses what's happening outside  —  Placemeter's algorithm counts the number of people entering shops and monitors traffic levels

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Anna Irrera / Wall Street Journal: UBS CIO: Blockchain Technology Can Massively Simplify Banking  —  What technology has the potential to disrupt the financial services sector the most?  —  It's not the tech giants like Apple , Facebook or Google , who have all made recent moves into payments services.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft readies built-in, free mobile device management for Office 365 users  —  Summary: Microsoft is taking steps toward delivering on its cross-platform device, application and data management with new Office 365 capabilities.  —  Microsoft is building a subset of the mobile-device-management …

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Office Blogs: Office 365 gets new SDKs for iOS, Android, and Visual Studio, plus new APIs  —  New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS, Android and web developers  —  In a world where people move between multiple devices and numerous apps to get things done, we're announcing today new ways …

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: LG says it will end the production of plasma TVs by the end of November  —  LG Electronics says to end production of plasma display TVs  —  The LG company logo is seen following an event during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2014.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Apple confirms decline in sales of iTunes digital music downloads  —  In a securities filings, Apple confirmed what just about everyone else suspected: Sales of iTunes music downloads are falling.  —  The admission came in the company's annual report filed yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Lauren Goode / Re/code: YouTube's Wojcicki says they're considering paid ad-free subscriptions, reaffirms a music service is on the way  —  Susan Wojcicki Wants to Sell You YouTube Video Subscriptions  —  YouTube is in the early stages of exploring new subscription services, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Re/code's Peter Kafka …

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Andy Baio / Medium: Analysis of 316K #Gamergate tweets in 72 hours: 69% RTs, 25% from recently created accounts  —  72 Hours of #Gamergate  —  Digging through 316,669 tweets from three days of Twitter's two-month-old trainwreck  —  Visualizing the social graph of the #GamerGate/#NotYourShield universe

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Malavika Velayanikal / Tech in Asia: Snapdeal bags $627M funding, Ola nets $210M, as SoftBank ploughs $10B into India  —  The investments into Snapdeal and Ola are part of a whopping US$10 billion earmarked by SoftBank to pump into India's booming ecommerce, telecom, and aviation industries.  Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank …

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Teppei Kasai / Reuters: Japan's SoftBank buys $627 million stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal  —  (Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has agreed to buy a $627 million stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal, seeking to tap into potentially huge e-commerce growth in the market with the world's third-biggest Internet user base.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Behind VMware's 2012 $1.26B Nicira acquisition and how it led to the uncoupling of VCE  —  The Inside Story Of A $1 Billion Acquisition That Caused Cisco To Divorce Its Closest Partner, EMC  —  Tech giant EMC said last week that it's ending its wildly successful joint venture with Cisco, known as VCE.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: ARM unveils a trio of graphics chip designs for mobile media processing  —  When it comes to mobile graphics, ARM wants to cover all the bases.  The Cambridge, England-based chip design company is announcing three new graphics processing unit (GPU) chip designs based on its Mali mobile graphics architecture.

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Half of YouTube's views now come from phones and tablets  —  More people are watching videos on smaller screens  —  Where are people watching videos on YouTube?  A little while ago, the majority were on desktop, but now the company says that half are tuning in from mobile devices like phones and tablets.

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