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October 10, 2013, 6:00 PM

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Brad Stone / Businessweek:
The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store  —  Amazon.com rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider.  It will rake in about $75 billion this year.  For his book, Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone spoke to hundreds of current and former friends of founder Jeff Bezos.
Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Is Said to Warm to Idea of a Breakup  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) Ltd. is more open to a breakup of the company amid concerns that Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (FFH) may be unable to line up funding or partners for a $4.7 billion buyout, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Exploring Personalized Breaking News Notifications With @Eventparrot Experiment  —  Twitter appears to be exploring introducing breaking news notifications tuned for you to its apps, if a new experimental account is any indication.  An account called @eventparrot has garnered around 1,500 followers …
AllThingsD:
Vivian Schiller Is a Lock as Twitter's Head of News  —  Vivian Schiller, NBC News' SVP and chief digital officer, is being tapped for Twitter's head of news position, according to sources familiar with the matter.  AllThingsD reported last week that she was the leading pick for the high-profile job.
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Your Playstation 4 may be built by Chinese students in the worst internship ever  —  Updated with comment and detail from Foxconn.  —  Foxconn believes that students are the future, at least judging by its deal with China's Xi'an Institute of Technology to expose more than 1,000 …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Bye, Bye Cookie: Microsoft Plots Its Own Tracking Technology to Span Desktop, Mobile, Xbox  —  Redmond Joins Google, Apple, Amazon and Others In Plotting the Cookie's Demise  —  Microsoft is set to become the latest tech giant to develop its own tracking technology to replace the ubiquitous …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Fitbit Force brings smartwatch features to a fitness tracker  —  Fitbit is making its latest device to quantify your activity, the wrist-worn Force fitness tracker, official today.  The Force is an evolution of the Flex, Fitbit's other wrist-worn tracker, and offers an OLED display and altimeter …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Dropcam Pro launched with better optics, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth for $199 (hands-on)  —  Before 2012, Dropcam was a software outlet famous for integrating its camera tech into other people's hardware.  However, it knew that in order to grow, the company needed to get into the hardware business as well.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab  —  In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA.  It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring …
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches An Android Tablet Optimized App For The First Time - On One Tablet  —  In what is a poignant statement about the state of Android tablet apps, Twitter has announced the first tablet-optimized version for the platform.  It's been 3 years since the iPad hit and Android tablets …

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