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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft updates Bing homepage with HD backgrounds, image captions, and new Office Online menu  —  Microsoft today updated the Bing homepage with high-definition backgrounds, image captions, and a new Office Online menu.  Unlike other Bing rollouts, this one isn't gradual: The new features are available worldwide today.

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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom: Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers  —  Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign up and pay anywhere from $1 to $3 a month to sites that they visit frequently.  In return for contributing, they won't see any Google ads on those sites

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Steven Mufson / Washington Post: Washington Post launches twice-daily tablet editions on Amazon Fire app  —  The Washington Post tablet app for Kindle Fire is a highly visual news experience aimed at a national and international readership.  It offers two editions a day, as well as updates for breaking news.  (The Washington Post)

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Exodus of revived Valleywag's original team complete as Nitasha Tiku heads to The Verge to bolster Silicon Valley coverage  —  Valleywag Lead Editor Nitasha Tiku Joins The Verge  —  Less than one month ago, Nitasha Tiku was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Gawker's tech lifestyle section, Valleywag, in place of Sam Biddle.

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Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat: Amid Uber controversy, taxi-hailing app Flywheel raises $12M, adds new management  —  At the end of Uber's first full day of PR wreckage on Tuesday, one of my bosses announced she was downloading taxi-hailing app Flywheel and deleting Uber's app — like many have tweeted they have done.

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Flywheel Gets $12 Million In Series C Funding, Slams Uber And Finds A New CEO  —  Flywheel, the app that hooks up taxi drivers with riders, announced Rakesh Mathur as the new CEO today.  Mathur served as an Amazon VP in the early days, after the “The Everything Store” purchased his e-commerce startup Junglee.

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Jackie Dove / The Next Web: Moleskine launches Adobe Creative Cloud connected Smart Notebook; pre-orders start today for $32.95, ships in December  —  Moleskine launches Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Smart Notebook targeted to on-the-go designers  —  Even graphic designers who grew up in the digital age cannot help …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Dropbox's Carousel photo software comes to iPads and the web  —  In April, Dropbox launched Carousel, a standalone app for storing and managing photos and videos on your phone.  Designed as a single place to view your life's memories, until now Carousel has only been available for the smallest screen in your life.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Netflix takes up 9.5% of upstream traffic on the North American Internet  —  ACK packets make Netflix an upload monster during peak viewing hours.  —  We've written a lot about how Netflix takes up a gigantic share of Internet traffic.  During peak viewing hours, Netflix accounts …

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web: Uber hires former IBM Chief Privacy Officer to carry out internal review  —  From controversial statements from executives to concerns over its users' data privacy, it's been a rough week for Uber.  —  It's now trying to do some damage control.  The company announced today that it has hired …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Getaround Gets $24M In Strategic Funding To Bring Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals To New Markets  —  After several years of building its business in San Francisco, peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround is ready to make its marketplace available in more cities around the U.S. In preparation for that expansion …

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web: The Basis Peak can now share heart rate data with 3rd-party apps, notifications from phone coming in December  —  The Basis Peak's heart rate monitor now works with third-party apps  —  The Basis Peak doesn't try to replicate a smartphone on your wrist.  Instead, it's meant mainly for fitness and sleep tracking.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Amnesty International, EFF, Privacy International release an open source spyware detection tool for Windows  —  Amnesty, EFF, Privacy International Put Out Free Anti-Surveillance Tool  —  Resistance is digital.  Human rights charity Amnesty International is one of several organizations behind …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster, kind of, sometimes  —  It took a lot of work to find the promised performance and stability improvements in iOS 8.1.1 for Apple A5 devices like the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch.  —  Andrew Cunningham

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Ben Sisario / New York Times: Billboard Top 200 album chart will incorporate streaming data starting Dec. 3 from services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play, Xbox Music  —  Billboard, Changing the Charts, Will Count Streaming Services  —  Streaming music services like Spotify have brought big changes to the music industry.

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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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