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Apple online store gets hefty redesign

Just in time for Black Friday, Apple's online store has had a pleasant and extensive redesign. Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and accessories feature prominently along the top navigation bar. Clicking through on each takes you to some very nicely laid out landing pages for each category with plenty of full-width imagery.

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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You can now search through each and every tweet posted to Twitter since 2006

Have you ever felt like searching through tweets you published years ago? Now you can using Twitter's search engine. Searches on the social network were previously limited to just a week before tweets were removed from the index (but still viewable by other means – direct links, profile timelines, etc). Twitter has worked on rolling out a new search engine that not only keeps up with the plethora of tweets being beamed to the service on a daily basis, but also enable users to search through those vintage messages.

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AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.

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Apple set on repurposing GT Advanced facility; committed to creating jobs

Apple has apparently addressed officials in Mesa, Arizona, reassuring them of its commitment to bring jobs to the area even in the wake of GT Advanced's recent bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported today. The Phoenix suburb was the site of the sapphire glass supplier's operations and employed over 700 workers as a result of Apple's investment in the area.

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Chrome goes 64-bit in latest update for Mac

Chrome has been updated for Mac users, adding 64-bit support for OS X users and a number of stability and performance improvements. Additionally, the latest build also adds new extension APIs. The latest update brings Google's browser to version 39.0.2171.65.

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What you need to know about WatchKit

Time to break out the big ideas for watch-based computing: WatchKit, Apple's software development kit for creating apps for the Apple Watch, has arrived.

You'll need an iOS developer account to start developing with WatchKit and dive into the nitty-gritty technical details, but if you're merely curious as to what WatchKit will let your favorite developers create, Apple was kind enough to publish a few informational guidelines and a 28-minute video in the public-facing area of their developer center.

If 28-minute videos aren't your jam, however, here's what you need to know about WatchKit — along with a few hints we picked up about the impending Apple Watch.

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Hundreds of grocery stores begin accepting Apple Pay today

It looks like BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie aren't the only grocery stores getting in on the Apple Pay action today. Hundreds of other stores from a few different chains are also starting to support Apple's payment platform. Among the new entrants are the likes of Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, and United Food.

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Apple will have to pay $23.6 million thanks to losing a lawsuit over pager technology

Apple has found itself on the losing end of a patent lawsuit and has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which claimed that Apple infringed on pager technology patents that were first developed in the 1990s by Skytel.

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