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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Qualcomm buys Bluetooth and GPS chip maker CSR for $2.5B  —  Qualcomm announced that it has agreed to acquire chip maker CSR for $2.5 billion in cash as part of its continuing strategy to dominate the electronics in mobile devices.  —  San Diego, Calif.-based Qualcomm will add a wide variety …

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Kyle Wagner / Deadspin: The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate  —  Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.  She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate …

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Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters: NY state says bitcoin software developers don't need license  —  (Reuters) - New York will not require digital currency software developers to obtain a “BitLicense” to operate in the state, said Benjamin Lawksy, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, on Tuesday.

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Hayden Dingman / PC World: Humble Bundle, Mozilla team up to make full PC games playable in your web browser  —  For longtime Humble Bundle fans, this week's game offerings might look a bit staid.  Osmos, Voxatron, Dustforce, FTL, Zen Bound 2—there are quite a few repeats from earlier bundles.

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: A First Look Deep Inside Amazon Game Studios  —  To trace the beginnings of Amazon's interest in the game business, you need to go back a long way—at least to the holiday season of 1999.  That's when the company, best known at the time as “Earth's largest bookstore,” began offering video games …

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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code: Apple Asks Court's Permission to Challenge GT Bankruptcy — In Secret  —  Apple is seeking court permission to lodge its objections to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing in secret, to protect details of its confidential agreements with its would-be supplier of sapphire crystal.

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: Microsoft fixes vulnerability used in ‘Sandworm Team’ attacks … What do NATO, the Ukraine and European telecom companies all have in common?  They've all been targeted by a hacking group using an undisclosed vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patched today.

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Richard Barnes / Mozilla Security Blog: Firefox will disable SSL 3.0 in version 34, to be released Nov. 25  —  The POODLE Attack and the End of SSL 3.0  —  Summary  —  SSL version 3.0 is no longer secure.  Browsers and websites need to turn off SSLv3 and use more modern security protocols as soon as possible, in order to avoid compromising users' private information.

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Adam Langley / ImperialViolet: POODLE detailed; how to disable SSL 3.0 in Chrome, Firefox; disabling it on servers may break IE6  —  POODLE attacks on SSLv3  —  My colleague, Bodo Möller, in collaboration with Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz (also Googlers), just posted details about a padding oracle attack against CBC-mode ciphers in SSLv3.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: SAP Cloud Apps Will Now Run on IBM's SoftLayer  —  German business software company SAP and computing giant IBM are teaming up in the cloud.  SAP says it has tapped IBM's SoftLayer service to run its suite of cloud-ready business applications.  —  The plan calls for SAP to let its customers run …

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Bodo Möller / Google Online Security Blog: Google discloses POODLE, a vulnerability in the design of SSL 3.0  —  This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback  —  Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0.  This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker.

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Bodo Möller / Google Online Security Blog: This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback  —  Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0.  This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker.  I discovered this issue in collaboration …

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Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press: South Korea considers $1B+ national ID overhaul after identity theft of 80% of citizens  —  South Korea Identity Thefts Forces ID Overhaul … SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves …

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Sunil Paul / Sidecar: Sidecar to legally operate at San Francisco Airport, will begin within 30 days  —  Sidecar and SFO Reach Milestone Agreement  —  Today, we're proud to announce a milestone agreement with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) that allows Sidecar to legally operate at the airport.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: H.264 support arrives in Firefox, thanks to Cisco — but H.264 web videos still won't play  —  Firefox is now supporting H.264 for web-based video chat, thanks to a binary component provided by Cisco — but H.264 web video streams still can't be played natively in the browser.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus  —  Fresh from announcing a $250 million joint venture with media giant Legendary, SoftBank is increasing its focus on entertainment with an undisclosed deal to buy DramaFever, a five-year-old startup that streams global TV shows and movies online.

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: GT Advanced was not meeting Apple's deadlines as early as February; CEO, COO set plans to sell stock shortly after  —  Second Executive of Apple Supplier Sold Shares After Trouble Surfaced  —  An executive from bankrupt Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Intel Reports Better-Than-Expected Q3 Revenue Of $14.55B On Strength Of Recovering PC Market  —  Following the bell, Intel reported its third quarter financial performance, including revenue of $14.55 billion and earnings per share of $0.66.  Analysts and the street had expected that Intel …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Vine launches on Xbox One, available only to Xbox Live members in 34 countries  —  Following the promise in June of many more apps coming this year, Microsoft today announced that Vine is now available for Xbox One.  You can download it by visiting the Xbox Store on your console.

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Danielle Friedman / NBC News: Facebook and Apple to cover up to $20K in egg-freezing treatments for female employees  —  Silicon Valley Giants Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs  —  While techniques and success rates are improving, there's no guarantee the procedure will lead to a baby down the road.

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Snapchat's long-term monetization play is to build a platform, integrate with other services  —  Snapchat's Real Business Plan is Platform, Not Ads  —  Evan Spiegel was chatting on stage with Michael Bloomberg last week at a Vanity Fair summit in San Francisco when the topic turned to monetization.

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Checkr Raises $9 Million Led by Accel for New-Hire Background Checks … Checkr Inc., a startup that expedites background checks on new hires and delivers them in bulk to businesses, has secured $9 million to expand.  —  The company wants to overhaul what has been a time-consuming process …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: 24 Percent of Millennials Say They're Not Paying for TV  —  If you're a TV programmer, you're very worried about the recent erosion in TV ratings, which have hit networks across the board this year.  The best-case scenario: People are still watching your shows, but they're watching them in ways …

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Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal: Taxi app Hailo to exit North American market citing “impossible” profitability, CEO to leave  —  London Taxi App Hailo Leaves U.S. Battle to Uber, Lyft  —  The taxi app wars have claimed a victim.  —  Hailo, a London-based startup, has pulled out of North America in the face …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Macworld/iWorld conference going on hiatus, no event in 2015  —  Macworld has announced that its Macworld/iWorld conference is going on hiatus and no show will take place in 2015.  The show was previously planned to take place in March, which was a bit later than the typical January/February timeframe.

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