October 9, 2013, 4:50 PM

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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
“Hatching Twitter” excerpts depict a detached Jack Dorsey who later attempted to recast Twitter's history  —  All Is Fair in Love and Twitter  —  Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Phone 8.1: 7-10 inch screens, no hardware back button, 77% API unity with Windows RT  —  Windows Phone 8.1 Rumors Emerge  —  Yes, we'll get a third Windows Phone 8 update first.  Still....  While Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is right around the corner—and, yes, I'll be writing …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Facebook prepares major updates to iPhone apps as top engineer returns to Apple  —  Screenshots of upcoming Facebook Graph Search for iPhone update  —  Facebook is preparing a pair of major updates for its most popular iPhone applications, according to a source familiar with the apps.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Gets Its Strongest TV Tie-Up So Far, With an Ambitious Comcast Deal  —  Twitter has been trying to buddy up with the TV industry for the past few years.  Now it has its biggest payoff yet: A far-reaching deal with Comcast that aims to turn the social network into a TV-watching service.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Twitter and Comcast's new ‘See it’ button lets you watch and record TV shows directly from a tweet  —  Comcast announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBCUniversal and Twitter today, which will allow users to tune into live streaming from their set-top box, smartphone or tablet just by tapping …
Tweets: @dannysullivan
Rohan Relan / TouchMarks:
iPad Mini and iPad 4 top TouchMarks' touchscreen test ranking for most responsive tablets  —  TouchMarks II: Touchscreen Latencies in Flagship Tablets  —  In our last TouchMarks report, we looked at the touchscreen latencies of the flagship smartphones from different manufacturers.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Here's What a Pinterest Ad Looks Like  —  Pinterest today started its preannounced test of “promoted pins,” a.k.a. the first-ever revenue-generating product for the company valued at $2.5 billion.  —  Well, not so fast on the revenue front.  Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said in September …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking  —  Early last year, password security researcher Kevin Young was hitting a brick wall.  Over the previous few weeks, he made steady progress decoding cryptographically protected password data leaked from the then-recent hack of intelligence firm Stratfor.
More: I4U News, Gizmodo, The Verge and PSFKTweets: @opensignal
Caitlin Dewey / The Switch:
Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures  —  The company that brought you the first animated feature film and the multiplane camera may be at work on its most game-changing invention yet: Flat touchscreens that let you feel the shape and texture of pictured objects, almost like they were actually there.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5s and 5c rolling out to more than 25 new countries on Oct. 25, a dozen more Nov. 1  —  Following the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the United States on September 20th, Apple has announced that it will begin phase 2 and phase 3 of the new devices rollout in the coming weeks.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung announces the Galaxy Round, a smartphone with a curved OLED display  —  Samsung has taken the wrapper off its rumored smartphone with a curved OLED display.  The Galaxy Round, which will launch on SK Telecom in South Korea, has a 5.7-inch 1080p screen the same size as seen …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
UK Police Orders Registrars to Suspend Domains of Major Torrent Sites  —  Earlier this year UK police began working with rightsholders on a campaign to shut down file-sharing sites.  Many site operators received warnings that their activities were breaching copyright law as well as the UK's Serious Crime Act.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Twitter's female “problem”: This is why mobs don't appoint public company boards  —  I can't believe this debate about whether Twitter is an awful company simply because everyone on its board has a Y-chromosome is still going on.  —  Memo to the press: It's no longer August.

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