September 30, 2013, 1:45 PM

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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Apple Passes Coca-Cola as Most Valuable Brand  —  Apple is the new most valuable brand in the world, according to a closely followed annual report.  —  The report, to be released on Monday, is from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Facebook Woos TV Networks With More Data  —  Facebook is laying down a new gauntlet in its battle with Twitter to dominate online conversation around television: more data for broadcasters.  —  This week, Facebook says it will begin sending weekly reports to America's four largest television networks …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 Sites And Ads  —  Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads.  The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since.
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch: Spinoff Twitch Raises $20M for Live Video Gaming  —  Live video gaming platform Twitch has been on a growth tear this past year and has raised $20 million from investors to rip it up some more.  —  Unlike competitors Ustream, LiveStream, YouTube and others enabling individuals …
Wall Street Journal:
Aircraft Can Handle Electronic-Device Use, Panel to Tell FAA  —  Passengers Can Use Their Devices but Not the Internet  —  A federal advisory committee is set to tell the Federal Aviation Administration that many aircraft flying today are largely ready to handle passengers using …
More: TechEye and VentureBeatTweets: @reformedbroker
Chris Dixon:
Some thoughts on startup crowdfunding  —  Like a lot of people, I'm excited about crowdfunding, and specifically the crowdfunding of startups now that's it's legal in the US.  Based on my own experience investing in startups, here are some thoughts and issues that come to mind regarding startup crowdfunding.
Tweets: @stevesi, @bijan and @phil_hendrixThanks:@davetisch
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
AOL to Start Advertising on TV Again, With Commercials for New Subscription Service Gathr  —  More than nine months after AOL shelved plans for a hip-hop-inspired TV commercial that would have been the first TV ad of CEO Tim Armstrong's tenure, the company has decided to make a return to TV advertising.
Hunter Walk:
Instagram Stabbing Itself By Leaving Twitter Cards Off  —  YouTube never disabled embeds on Twitter or Facebook, letting visitors to those products watch a YouTube video without ever coming to our site.  YouTube worked with Apple to make our app a default experience on iOS, even leaving it effectively non-monetized until last year.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Twitter plans to make its IPO filing public this week  —  Twitter's IPO filing is ready, and the company intends to make it public this week, according to someone familiar with the plan.  The goal is for Twitter to begin trading, likely on the New York Stock Exchange, before Thanksgiving.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Windows 8.1 ad features the return of the Start button  —  The removal of the Windows 8 Start button last year turned out to be a hot-button issue for users of Microsoft's latest operating system.  Following a range of feedback from customers, Microsoft is now preparing to release Windows 8.1 on October 18th with a Start button.

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