From the Wires

Apple opened an office in Seattle

Fast Company: The California-based company "quietly" opened an engineering office in Seattle.

Long-term shift work 'impairs cognition'

BBC: A new study found that long-term shift work has an aging effect on the brain.

U.S. fines Hyundai, Kia

WSJ: The Korean auto makers agreed to pay a combined penalty of $300 million for overstating fuel-economy claims.

'Death with dignity' advocate Brittany Maynard takes her life

CNN: The 29-year-old diagnosed with terminal brain cancer took medication to end her life under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act."

Microsoft lays off 3,000 more workers

Bloomberg Businessweek: The company laid off 638 employees in the Puget Sound area.

Xiaomi aims to be the world's most valuable private tech firm

Forbes: The Chinese electronics manufacturer is looking to raise funding that could value the company at more than $40 billion.

U.S. economy grew in Q3

NYT: The nation's economic output rose at a 3.5% annual rate.

Apple CEO: 'I'm proud to be gay'

BBC: Apple's chief executive Tim Cook publicly acknowledged his sexuality in a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

Facebook vows aggressive spending

WSJ: The social network's revenue rose 59% in Q3.

Apple Pay faces challenges

Bloomberg: Apple's mobile payment technology has encountered problems after CVS Health Corp. and Rite Aid Corp. disabled the service in their drugstores.

YouTube considering paid subscriptions

WSJ: The online video website is working on a paid, ad-free subscription business model in addition to its existing ad-based platform.

Taco Bell launches new ordering app

CNNMoney: The fast food restaurant's app will allow customers to skip waiting in line.

Toyota leads global vehicle sales

NYT: The world's top-selling automaker reported sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up 3% from last year.