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October 31, 2014, 5:15 PM

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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  —  Slack's One-Year-Old Software Business Valued at $1.12 Billion  —  Workplace collaboration tool Slack didn't exist two years ago.
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 …
Elisabeth Hulette / Virginian-Pilot:
Circuit court rules criminal defendant can be forced by police to unlock phone with his fingerprint, but not his 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 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook now available through Tor browsers at an onion address, SSL still enabled  —  Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own ‘Dark Web’ Site  —  Facebook has never had much of a reputation for letting users hide their identities online.  But now the world's least anonymous website has just joined the Web's most anonymous network.
Micah L. Sifry / Mother Jones:
Facebook has experimented with Newsfeed content before elections to analyze effect on voter 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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC close to 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  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Larry Page interview: Silicon Valley has become short-sighted; too few investors are chasing breakthrough technologies\  —  FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page  —  Even the search engine's original mission is not big enough for what he now has in mind
Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.  “Our partnership with Microsoft is going to allow us to leap frog into the next universe and be able …
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Banking giant BBVA Compass partners with Dwolla for real-time transfers at reduced fees  —  A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer  —  As the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect …

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Tricks & Treats: 5 ways to sweeten your email marketing  —  While Halloween is by tradition the scariest day on the calendar, it's also the official transition into the holiday season.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
AOL's Cross-Device Solution Aims To Cure The Advertiser's Attribution Headache  —  If an advertiser runs a mobile campaign, but the targeted consumer doesn't convert on her device, that doesn't mean the campaign failed.

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