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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft is bringing WebRTC to Internet Explorer, eyes plugin-free Skype calls in the browser  —  Microsoft today announced it is backing the Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) technology and will be supporting the ORTC API in Internet Explorer.  Put another way, the company is finally throwing …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft targets Dropbox and Google with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers  —  Microsoft is removing its OneDrive storage limits for Office 365 subscribers.  If you're an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber then OneDrive storage will be unlimited …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Amazon's crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, is now open for voting  —  With Kindle Scout, Amazon's taking a 21st century approach to publishing, letting readers nominate which books progress to funding.  It's like your favorite reality TV show, except for books.

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: Lenovo's first wearable tracks sleep, exercise, unlocks your PC; pricing and release date TBA  —  Lenovo's first fitness tracker looks a lot like the Fitbit Flex  —  Everyone wants a piece of the fitness tracker pie.  Lenovo has quietly revealed its entry into the market …

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Matt Burns / TechCrunch: Microsoft drops Xbox One price $50 to $350 for the holidays, cheaper than PS4 for first time  —  Microsoft Prices Xbox One Below PS4 For The First Time  —  Starting November 2nd, the Xbox One's starting price will be $350.  That's $50 off the current level.  Thanks, PlayStation!

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Lauren Goode / Re/code: Fitbit joins smartwatch race with Surge “Fitness Super Watch”, replaces recalled Fitbit Force  —  Fitbit Joins the Smartwatch Race, and Replaces the Rash-y Force With a New Wristband  —  After complaints emerged last February that the Fitbit Force was causing skin rashes for some wearers …

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Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal: Early stage European startup funding fell 40% YoY to €713M in Q3, while investments in more mature companies almost doubled to €883.6M  —  Tough Quarter For European Startups Needing Early-Stage Capital  —  The rich are getting richer among European venture-backed startups.

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Amir Efrati / The Information: Apple discussed NFC use for building security access, public transit, more, with possible partners like HID Global and Cubic  —  Apple Eyes New Uses for NFC Beyond iPhone Payments  —  Consumers are just starting to use Apple Pay to make purchases at cash registers and online stores.

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Scott Stein / CNET: Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge unveiled: Hands-on with Fitbit's new wearables  —  Fitbit dives into all-day heart-rate tracking with its new Charge HR and Surge, but you'll have to wait til early 2015 to buy them.  We went wrists-on.  —  Fitbit is the runaway leader in the fitness-tracker market …

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Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com: Amazon announces Chromecast like $39 Fire TV Stick with dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, direct access to streaming services  —  Amazon Announces New Streaming Device, Fire TV Stick, Special Limited Pricing Of $19  —  This morning Amazon announced a new HDMI streaming device called …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: EU Court rules that it is legal to embed copyrighted content without rightholders' permission  —  Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules  —  One of the key roles of the EU's Court of Justice is to interpret European law to ensure that it's applied in the same manner across all member states.

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Data suggests Foursquare usage continues to decline after relaunching as two distinct apps  —  Will the check-in survive?  Foursquare's controversial relaunch, by the numbers  —  It's been two months since Foursquare relaunched, and things aren't looking good.  App usage and downloads are down.

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Zeba Siddiqui / Reuters: China's Xiaomi to set up India customer data center to deflect privacy concerns  —  (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data center in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy …

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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica: The ugly afterlife of crowdfunding projects that never ship and never end  —  An all-terrain camera slider, successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2012 and effectively abandoned by the creator in 2013.  —  Kickstarter  —  The public life-cycle of a Kickstarter rarely ends in tragedy.

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Krisztina Than / Reuters: Thousands of Hungarians protest against tax on Internet traffic  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.

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Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal: Early iPhone 6/6 Plus orders in Korea reportedly top Galaxy Note 4 launch numbers by over 3X  —  Koreans Snap Up iPhones in Presales  —  Is Apple Inc.'s smartphone market share set to increase in Samsungland?  Presales figures for the U.S. company's latest, large-screen models in South Korea suggest so.

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Lee Gomes / IEEE Spectrum: Interview with AI expert Michael Jordan on big data, machine learning, and our current limits  —  Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts  —  The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable …

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David Carr / New York Times: As Facebook considers hosting content on mobile, publishers worry about losing control  —  Facebook Offers Life Raft, but Publishers Are Wary  —  For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park.  More often than not, it's hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.

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Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica: Apple, once eager to promote new music artists, now pushes more established acts  —  “Oprah” for indie bands: Apple once loved unknown acts—what changed?  —  In April 2007, only diehard Broken Social Scene fans salivated when band member Leslie Feist released a solo album titled The Reminder.

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Michelle Quinn / Mercury News: Sean Parker building an app aiding beachgoers as part of his settlment with Coastal Commission  —  Sean Parker s novel restitution - a statewide beach access mobile app  —  Sean Parker is working on a California public access mobile app as part of his settlement last year with the state Coastal Commission over his wedding at Big Sur.

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Jeff Sommer / New York Times: iPhone sales estimated to add a quarter to a third of a percent to annualized US GDP growth  —  When iPhones Ring, the Economy Listens  —  Gloomy economic news and the wild swings of the stock market may be getting you down.  But at least you can count on this: We've entered the sweet spot of the iPhone cycle.

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Kristen V. Brown / San Francisco Chronicle: App startup founder seeking coverage sends journalist a swag basket including a vibrator, K-Y Jelly, and liquor  —  Tech companies haven't gotten past sexism 1.0  —  A vibrator is seen on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif.  —  Tech startups often ply journalists with swag …

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David Kravets / Ars Technica: Silicon Valley startup unveils Internet-connected smart guns for cops  —  A Silicon Valley startup said Friday that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

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Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine: Philadelphia Parking Authority makes good on threat, impounds five UberX vehicles  —  PPA Impounds UberX Vehicles in Undercover Sting Operation  —  On Saturday, we told you that Uber had announced the arrival of UberX — the cheaper version of Uber — in Philadelphia proper …

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Jenna Wortham / Matter: How Uber helps black riders bypass the difficult and often humiliating act of hailing a taxi  —  Ubering While Black  —  The comedian Hannibal Buress has a bit in his act about trying to hail a cab in New York as a black man.  He walks up to the taxi and tries to open the door …

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