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October 8, 2013, 5:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
Samsung Loses Bid for Presidential Veto of Apple-Won Import Ban  —  Samsung Electronics Co. must stop importing certain models of its smartphones and tablet computers after President Barack Obama's administration let stand a ban won by Apple Inc. in a patent-infringement dispute.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office for iPad will debut after Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows version  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the company is planning to bring Office to the iPad with a touch user interface.  Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida today, Ballmer said “iPad will be picked up when there's a touch first user interface.”
Steven Levy / Wired:
Nest Gives the Lowly Smoke Detector a Brain — And a Voice  —  One day in June, about 20 engineers and managers at the startup company Nest went on a field trip.  They didn't need to pack a lunch.  Their destination: a storage closet near the bathrooms at their new headquarters in Palo Alto.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Nest unveils its $129 Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, available from November  —  Connected home provider Nest is expanding its offering as launches a new product designed to redefine what you come to expect out of appliances in your domicile.  On sale this November …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Will Hold Fall iPad Event on October 22  —  Apple has a couple more new products to announce before the year is out, and it plans to unveil them in a few weeks time.  —  People familiar with Apple's plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday, October 22.
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Google announces HP Chromebook 11 for $279, we go hands-on  —  Today Google announced some new hardware: the HP Chromebook 11.  Priced at $279, this 11-incher is available today, and we've already spent had a change to get our hands on several units.  —  The laptop is sleek and attractive …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too  —  Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Silk Road Dealers Are Getting Arrested All Around The World  —  Arresting the site's owner was just stage one.  —  Ross William Ulbricht, known online as Dread Pirate Roberts, is shown in this courtroom sketch appearing before Federal Judge Joseph Spero in U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco, California, on Oct. 4, 2013.
Eduard Kovacs / Softpedia News:
Avira Confirms Network Solutions Has Been Hacked  —  Palestinian hackers of KDSM Team have managed to deface several high-profile websites, including the ones of AVG, Avira and WhatsApp.  Moments ago, Avira representatives have confirmed for Softpedia that this is a case of DNS hijacking.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Meltdowns Hobble NSA Data Center  —  Investigators Stumped by What's Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment  —  Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth …
New Yorker:
How Lavabit Melted Down  —  On August 8th, Lavabit, newly famous for being the secure e-mail service used by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, went dark.  Its owner and operator, Ladar Levison, replaced its home page with a message: “I cannot share my experiences …
More: TechPresident, GigaOM and The VergeTweets: @cmdrtaco
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
PayPal Unveils Yet Another Way to Pay in Stores.  Now It Has to Get People to Use It.  —  Another day, another announcement of a product aimed at getting shoppers to buy stuff in retail stores using an app on their phone instead of a physical credit card or cash.
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Early Apple designer and Frog Design founder Hartmut Esslinger on 4 areas ripe for innovation  —  The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends  —  Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.  The founder of the influential design consultancy Frog started working …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zulily files for $100M IPO — reveals $331M in 2012 revenue, 2.2M active customers  —  Fast-growing Zulily is looking to take the IPO plunge.  —  The Seattle company, which sells clothes, toys and accessories for babies, kids and moms, today filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Basis bags $12M for health-tracking watch amid growing competition in wearable tech  —  Seven months after announcing an $11.5 million Series B round of funding, Basis Science is filling its coffers once again.  On Tuesday, the startup behind the Basis health-tracking wristwatch …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
First image of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy phone with curved display leaks out  —  Prominent leaker @evleaks has published the first photo of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy phone with a curved screen.  Recent rumors have pegged an announcement of this new phone to occur in the coming days, or perhaps as soon as later this week.
More: Gizmodo, Engadget and TechCrunchTweets: @evleaks

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