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October 10, 2013, 3:40 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.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
How Jeff Bezos Crushed Diapers.com So Amazon Could Buy Diapers.com  —  A day after the New York Times dropped an excerpt of a juicy upcoming book about Twitter, Bloomberg Businessweek has published an excerpt of journalist Brad Stone's book about Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos, due out on Oct. 15.
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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.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Appears To Be 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 …
Adam Pasick / qz.com:
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 …
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.
Jason Inofuentes / Ars Technica:
Acer's $249 C720 Chromebook launched: Thinner, longer lasting, and Haswell  —  The Chromebook C720.  —  Acer  —  Chrome OS aficionados have long pined for a Haswell processor to drive one of their Chromebooks, imbuing the line with the longevity they've been missing out on.  That wait has come to an end.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Aereo is releasing an Android app on October 22nd  —  Aereo is coming to Android.  The streaming broadcast TV service will debut its first app ever just under two weeks from now, on October 22nd, inside of the Google Play store.  The service is traditionally viewed through a web browser …
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 …
More: SlashGear
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cloud Security: Mobile Startup Lookout Gets $55M Led By Deutsche Telekom To Go Global & Target Enterprise  —  Mobile security company Lookout is all about protecting user's mobile devices against malicious threats, a business that today has 45 million customers.  Today it's raising its own profile a little bit more.
Tim Berners-Lee / W3C Blog:
On Encrypted Video and the Open Web  —  There has been a lot of response to the announcement that W3C considers content protection for video as in-scope for discussion in the HTML Working Group.  In this post I can touch on some of the arguments.  —  We hear the outburst of criticism …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
BlackBerry founder hikes stake in company, weighs takeover  —  Founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis hopes to save the foundering company.  —  BlackBerry founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is considering another run with his old company.  —  Lazaridis increased his stake in BlackBerry …
Daniel P. Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile International Data vs. the Competition: Rates Compared  —  Data Cost  —  Voice Calling Cost  —  AT&T  —  $30 per 120MB / $120 per 800MB (Global Add-on Package)  —  $30 / month for $2.00 per minute (Rest of World Plan)  —  Sprint  —  $40 per 40MB / $80 per 85MB (Multi-country Data Roaming)

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