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October 3, 2013, 1:20 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Schools Complain iOS 7 Upgrade Stripped Filters From Students' iPads  —  Apple's iOS 7 was supposed to make it easier for schools to manage the iPads that are becoming increasingly common in the classroom.  But for some, the latest version of the mobile operating system is proving to be a bit of a headache.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Edward Snowden's E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show  —  The U.S. government obtained a secret court order demanding that Edward Snowden's e-mail provider, Lavabit, turn over its private SSL key, which would have allowed the FBI to wiretap the service's users.
New York Times:
Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden  —  DALLAS — One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.  So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Mr. Levison's shutting …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Jukeboxing: Rdio brings free radio to mobile apps to stay in the ring against Spotify  —  Rdio is releasing a free version of its service today on iOS and Android, bringing personalized radio to non-paying users of its mobile apps for the first time.  Free of advertising for now …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG preps curved display smartphone, the G Flex  —  Samsung isn't the only company planning a smartphone with a curved display.  LG will likely unveil the device in November, CNET has learned, although plans are not yet final.  —  Get ready for the LG G Flex.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Snapchat introduces “Stories”, a rolling compilation of snaps from the last 24 hours  —  Snapchat's next big thing: ‘Stories’ that don't just disappear  —  The app that introduced ephemeral messages sets its sights on Facebook  —  Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's hands are shaking as he points to his iPhone.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Fab.com cuts one-fifth of workforce  —  E-commerce startup Fab.com Inc will lay off nearly a fifth of its workforce beginning Thursday as it tries to attain profitability by automating more of its business.  —  The company, valued at $1 billion by private investors, said it will cut 101 jobs worldwide …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Smartphones Detailed: ‘Project Smith’ 3D Flagship Model And A Value Handset With FireOS  —  Amazon is in the process of developing two smartphones, one inexpensive model and one with a 3D eye-tracking interface, TechCrunch has learned.  The details are somewhat sparse …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Samsung execs shown confidential Apple-Nokia patent license terms, allegedly misused information  —  It came to light on Wednesday that at least fifty Samsung employees retained access to highly confidential Apple-Nokia licensing terms originating from the Apple v. Samsung court trial …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Aiming to Get Into Smaller Devices, Intel Announces Big Push Into Arduino  —  Intel's latest effort to expand beyond its PC roots involves reaching out to hobbyists.  —  At Maker Fair in Rome, the chipmaker is announcing plans to partner with open-source hardware specialist Arduino.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Cue, The Startup Formerly Known As Greplin, Shuts Down Its App  —  Cue, the personal assistant app that grew out of a promising search product, has shut down.  —  The company left a brief note on their main page today, shown below. … The company was backed with at least $4.7 million …
David Kravets / Wired:
How a Purse Snatching Led to the Legal Justification for NSA Domestic Spying  —  Photo: Courtesy of Philip Weiss Auctions  —  It began as an ordinary purse snatching.  On an early Baltimore morning in 1976, a local street thug crouched alongside his green Monte Carlo, pretending to change a flat, biding his time.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Chrome For iOS Bug Shows Private Browsing Search History In Google Mobile Search Bar  —  Update: Google has gotten back to us to let us know that this is an unfortunate but unavoidable loophole that comes with building a browser on iOS.  It's noted in the company's support docs around Incognito mode.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
France approves law stopping Amazon from shipping discounted books for free  —  French lawmakers have it up to “here” with Amazon's book-selling tactics and they're not going to take it any more.  In a rare alliance, France's ruling Socialist Party and the opposition UMP Party approved …

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