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November 1, 2014, 6:40 AM

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Michael Hsu / Wall Street Journal:
HP unveils MB Chronowing smartwatch with buttons instead of a touchscreen, and an estimated 7-day battery life, on sale Nov. 7 starting at $349  —  Michael Bastian Creates a Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch  —  High-tech meets high-style in the MB Chronowing from Michael Bastian and Hewlett-Packard.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Come Out, Come Out: The Tim Cook Moment Is Here  —  Looking back, I guess we in the media might have asked Apple CEO Tim Cook if he were gay.  —  Me especially, since I am gay.  And, like many, I had heard all the assumptions about the self-effacing exec's sexual orientation, even though he and I had never once discussed the issue.
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft Band first impressions: clunky hardware, useful software; tile interface works well  —  Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking  —  I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there.  This is the first and most unavoidable thing …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will He Ever Return?  Head Of Google's Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Extends Leave Into 2015  —  The head of Google's web spam team, Matt Cutts, says that his leave from the company has gone so well that he'll be continuing it through 2015.  —  Cutts shared the news today in a note added …
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 mobile device, that doesn't mean the campaign failed.  Chad Gallagher, director of mobile at AOL Platforms …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Xbox Entertainment Studios officially closed after Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin let go earlier than expected  —  Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin Leave Xbox Entertainment Studios Amid Mass Microsoft Layoffs  —  Xbox Entertainment Studios is officially no more.  —  The last staffers …
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.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
London police trial gang violence ‘predicting’ software  —  Accenture says the software identifies high risk groups rather than specific individuals  —  Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes.

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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 mobile device, that doesn't mean the campaign failed.

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