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Google now lets developers add "Ok Google" voice search functionality to third party apps (Adriana Lee/ReadWrite)
Adriana Lee / ReadWrite:
Google now lets developers add “Ok Google” voice search functionality to third party apps — OK, Google: Search Inside My Apps! — Soon Android users won't have to trifle with actually opening apps to dig up social photos, find restaurants or conduct other in-app searches.
Q&A with Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield: thoughts on valuation, competition, road to success (Dan Primack/Fortune)
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Q&A with Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield: thoughts on valuation, competition, road to success — Stewart Butterfield explains why Slack is now worth more than $1 billion — Slack this morning announced that it has raised $120 million in new VC funding …
BlackBerry updates BBM with timed messages and message retraction, unveils plans for a paid subscription (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BlackBerry updates BBM with timed messages and message retraction, unveils plans for a paid subscription — Above: BBM for iOS/Android, now beefed up with Voice and Channels — BlackBerry today released a new version of BBM, adding timed messages, message retraction, HD picture transfer, among other features.
Facebook has experimented with Newsfeed content before voting to analyze effect on turnout (Micah L. Sifry/Mother Jones)
Micah L. Sifry / Mother Jones:
Facebook has experimented with Newsfeed content before voting to analyze effect on turnout — Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday. Here's How It Messed With Your Feed in 2012. — The social network tries to promote voting, but it also has conducted tests that affect users' voting behavior—without telling them.
Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform — Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Microsoft's Outlook.com will get third-party app support in spring 2015 — 3rd party apps coming to Outlook.com — Microsoft continues to re-examine and bolster its platform company roots, this time by announcing app support for Outlook.com, coming in Spring 2015.
Microsoft launches redesigned Outlook for Mac, announces new Office for Mac coming next year (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches redesigned Outlook for Mac, announces new Office for Mac coming next year — Microsoft today launched a new version of Outlook for Mac, available to Office 365 customers. At the same time, the company announced its plans to release a new Office for Mac version next year.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Amazon exec: We priced the Fire phone wrong — When it introduced the Fire smartphone in July, Amazon bet sales would be something worth bragging about. But three months in, it's obvious the Fire phone is more dud than runaway success. — Last week, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak disclosed …
Slack raised $120M at $1.12B valuation in a round led by Kleiner and Google Ventures, all previous backers participated too (Douglas MacMillan/Wall Street Journal)
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Slack raised $120M at $1.12B valuation in a round led by Kleiner and Google Ventures, all previous backers participated too — One-Year-Old Business Software Maker Slack Valued at $1.12 Billion — Workplace collaboration tool Slack didn't exist two years ago.
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Facebook is now available on Tor for more secure browsing — After enabling secure HTTPS browsing by default for all users in August last year, Facebook has taken another step to allow for secure browsing, and has made their social network available via the Tor network for users who want to maintain …
IBM teams up with Tencent to offer business software cloud services to companies in China (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
IBM teams up with Tencent to offer business software cloud services to companies in China — IBM teams with Chinese ISP Tencent to advance cloud portfolio — Summary: The companies will work together to build Software-as-a-Service offerings that tap into mobile, cloud and big data for use in internal processes and operations.
Klint Finley / Wired:
An Open Source Platform That Makes Building Apps Cheap and Easy — Companies like Google and Facebook have done an awful lot of work to make their internet apps feel just as snappy and responsive as the software that runs directly on your PC, letting us, say, follow constantly-updating online timelines …
Sony reports strong Q3 PS4 sales of 3.3M units, cuts annual smartphone sales forecast to 41M, after lowering them to 43M from 50M in Q2 (Sophie Knight/Reuters)
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Sony reports strong Q3 PS4 sales of 3.3M units, cuts annual smartphone sales forecast to 41M, after lowering them to 43M from 50M in Q2 — Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise — (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T) posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss …
Circuit court rules defendant can be forced to unlock phone with fingerprint, but not passcode (Elisabeth Hulette/Virginian-Pilot)
Elisabeth Hulette / Virginian-Pilot:
Circuit court rules defendant can be forced to unlock phone with fingerprint, but not passcode — Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code — A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cellphone.
Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests — Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan. — “This tax in its current form cannot be introduced,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
Twitter's MoPub is using the UIDH “perma-cookies” inserted by Verizon into web pages — Somebody's Already Using Verizon's ID to Track Users — Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets.
FCC nears reclassifying ISPs as common carriers on back-end, while still allowing fast lanes (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC nears reclassifying ISPs as common carriers on back-end, while still allowing fast lanes — FCC reportedly close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking to the cable industry in April 2014. — NCTA — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler …
Mobile Internet investment hits record $19.2B - up 232% in last 12 months (John Koetsier/VentureBeat)
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Mobile Internet investment hits record $19.2B — up 232% in last 12 months — Mobile Internet companies raked in a total of $19.2 billion in new investment over the last year, more than double the previous period, according to investment advisory firm Digi-Capital. — The big winner?
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3: Sleek, slim, fully metal (hands-on) — Side by side on a table, the two nearly identical rectangular handsets look innocuous enough and extremely familiar. Yet two things quietly make the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 stand out: their all-aluminum material and their unibody construction.
Any.do adds premium plan with unlimited file attachments sizes for $5/month or $45/year (Aldrin Calimlim/App Advice)
Aldrin Calimlim / App Advice:
Any.do adds premium plan with unlimited file attachments sizes for $5/month or $45/year — Popular to-do app Any.do goes 2.0 with new collaboration and note-taking features — Nearly two years and five months after its launch on iOS, the popular to-do app Any.do has just been updated to version 2.0.