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October 2, 2013, 5:35 AM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Note 3's benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20%  —  We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact.  A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly specced LG G2 makes it clear …
Reuters:
Three investors holding at least 5% of Microsoft want Bill Gates to step down as chairman  —  Exclusive: Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board  —  (Reuters) - Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step …
Shanna Prevé / The Official Google Blog:
Hulu Plus now works with Chromecast  —  Hulu has added Chromecast support to their Hulu Plus app—just in time for the fall television season.  Now you can easily enjoy your favorite shows, such as “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Parks and Recreation,” on your big-screen TV by casting from Hulu Plus on your mobile phone or tablet.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Kevin Rose tops AngelList Syndicates leaderboard with over $1M per deal  —  Kevin Rose Is AngelList's Million-Dollar Man  —  Next time Kevin Rose makes an angel investment, he has more than $1.1 million at his beck and call to do it.  —  Rose is the current leading man on AngelList …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Surface chief: ‘Multiple aspect ratios and sizes’ are in the works  —  Panos Panay was literally on the floor when I walked into Microsoft's Seattle store last night.  —  The vice president responsible for the company's Surface tablets was on his back, with a crowd of people around him …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Spin allows high-fidelity video chatting for up to 10 users for free on iOS, is “worth a try”  —  New Spin on Video Chats Brings More to the Party  —  Holding video chats on your mobile devices can be a great thing.  But many of the common video chat apps only allow two-party calls …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Acquire Sports-Centric Mobile Developer Hitpost  —  Yahoo is set to acquire Hitpost, the maker of a handful of sports-centric mobile apps, to beef up its own sports offerings on iOS and Android, say sources familiar with the deal.  The company's team of seven or so is heading over to join Yahoo.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
My Government Is A Complete Mess: Obamacare Websites Failing Amid Government Shutdown  —  The U.S. government is a complete mess.  Congress could not even perform its basic constitutional duty to fund the government and had to shut down most of the public system.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iMessage issues?  Apple says fix available in upcoming software update  —  Over the past few days, several iOS 7 users have been reporting issues with sending and receiving iMessages.  A quick (partially successful) fix has been to Reset Network Settings inside of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Settings app.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Image of Logitech iPhone Game Controller Leaked  —  An image of what might be Logitech's upcoming MFi (Made for iPhone) controller for the iPhone has been leaked on Twitter by @evleaks, who has been known to provide reliable images in the past.  —  The enclosure controller wraps around the iPhone …
Cale Guthrie Weissman / PandoDaily:
Quirky brings on former Frog Design executive Doreen Lorenzo as its President  —  Crowdsourcing invention platform Quirky has had quite a year.  After announcing a $68 million funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz last year and a partnership with GE six months ago, it is now adding a president to its ranks.

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