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October 30, 2014, 8:15 AM

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:
Tim Cook publicly acknowledges he's gay, describes a deeper understanding of minorities, says the “rhinoceros” skin he's grown is “handy” as Apple CEO  —  Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft Band announced, a wearable that tracks health, shows emails, tweets; available for $199 in US tomorrow  —  Microsoft's health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker  —  Microsoft Health, the Microsoft Band, and a plan to unite the world  —  Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small.
Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Health, a platform including a cloud service announced, works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, more; app available for Android, iOS  —  Introducing Microsoft Health  —  Today we're announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health.  Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
YouTube Finally Supports 60FPS, And It Looks Awesome  —  Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second—plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games.  Today, the video network has finally started rolling out the new service …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung's Q3 profit drops 60% YoY to $3.9 billion, mobile division profit down 74% YoY  —  Samsung's Q3 financials show ongoing struggles in mobile  —  The Korean electronics giant posts a 74 percent drop in its mobile business operating profits during the September period.
TechCrunch:
MCX: open to switching from QR codes to NFC and non-exclusivity; reported hack only occurred at email provider  —  MCX Says QR Payments App Will Pivot To NFC If Necessary, Won't Fine Retailers Who Break Exclusivity  —  In a virtual press conference today, MCX's CEO Dekkers Davidson said “We're agnostic about technology.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS' Share  —  Spare a thought for Microsoft, a relative newcomer to the mobile making business, after Redmond completed its $7.2BN+ acquisition of former European mobile making powerhouse Nokia earlier this year.
Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog:
IBM to incorporate Twitter data into its analytics tools, enterprise solutions  —  Changing the way business decisions are made  —  We believe that social data has unlimited value, and near limitless application.  Today, we're taking an important step toward unleashing this value through a new relationship with IBM.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)  —  Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now — after two attempts that never really went anywhere =- the search giant seems poised to get it what it wants.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
MPAA, movie theaters announce “zero tolerance” policy against wearables  —  A movie theater industry group and the Motion Picture Association of America updated their anti-piracy policies and said that “wearable devices” must be powered off at show time.  —  “Individuals who fail or refuse …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area  —  In its first big move beyond home cleaning, Homejoy is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area.  —  Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Replaces Mobile Division Head  —  Hiroki Totoki Has Been Widely Viewed as Instrumental in Sony's Structural Reforms  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. on Thursday named Senior Vice President Hiroki Totoki as the new head of its mobile division, the electronics giant's latest move to prop up its struggling smartphone business.
Zoho:
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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:
Discover better ways to exceed customer expectations - Introducing Customer Surveys in Zoho CRM  —  Zoho Survey is now integrated with Zoho CRM.  If your CRM is the lifeline of your business …
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
The First Brands Doing Cool Things with Beacons  —  The technology for beacons has been lingering out there since the launch of iOS 7, but it's only now that people are starting to notice.
AdExchanger:
GRP 2.0: How To Defibrillate An Old Metric With Fresh Data  —  The gross rating point (GRP) has time - and money, in the form of TV budgets - on its side, but a slew of new entrants in TV-to-digital measurement could disrupt what was once a Nielsen-run show.

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