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October 17, 2013, 9:05 PM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results  —  Google today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.  “Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Google Beats The Street In Q3 With $14.89B In Revenue, Net Income Of $2.97B, And EPS Of $10.74  —  Google's Q3 2013 earnings report has just crossed the wires, and they're better than expected.  The company reported that over the past three months, it generated $14.89 billion in consolidated revenue …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8.1 now available!  —  Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing.  And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1.  Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product  —  Twitter's entire premise is based on publicness.  “Join the conversation in the global town square!” the company likes to say.  —  But, over the past year, Twitter has come around to seeing the value of being more discreet.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter users unable to send some URLs in direct messages; may be due to rise in DM spam  —  Twitter's Theoretically Temporary URL Messaging Ban Due To Massive Wave Of DM Spam  —  Late yesterday afternoon many Twitter users began to notice that they could no longer send Direct Messages containing URLs.
More: Engadget and MashableTweets: @mikeisaac and @0xabad1dea
FaryaabS / SamMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) receives official Android 4.3 update  —  Samsung promised at its Mobile UNPACKED Episode 2 event that it will start rolling out Galaxy S4 updates in October and we are very pleased that Samsung has kept their promise.  As Samsung has just started rolling out Android 4.3 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
First Magazine Advertisement for iPhone 5s Appears, Highlights Touch ID Sensor  —  Apple has started a new print advertising campaign for the iPhone 5s.  The first spot, running on the back of this week's issue of The New Yorker, showcases the Touch ID-equipped home button of the new gold iPhone 5s.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
China's Lenovo is considering buying Blackberry  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. is actively considering a bid for all of BlackBerry Ltd. , according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The Chinese personal-computer and smartphone maker has signed a “non-disclosure” agreement that enables it to look …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps let you control a PC from a phone  —  Microsoft is providing a new way for iOS and Android users to access their Windows PCs today.  A new Remote Desktop app is now available for both operating systems, letting you simply connect to a Windows PC and control it.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Ubuntu launches on mobile - but without some key elements  —  Thursday sees the release of Ubuntu “Saucy Salamander” 13.10, the first version of the Linux distribution to explicitly support smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs and servers.  There aren't any Ubuntu mobile devices on sale yet …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
AOL dethrones Google at top of video-ad ranking  —  With CEO Tim Armstrong's biggest takeover — Adap.tv — in the fold, AOL edges ahead of Google in ComScore's listing of the biggest video-ad properties.—YouTube is still the king of Internet video, but AOL's takeover of Adap.tv last month is making it the richest in that kingdom.
More: TechCrunch and Beet.TV
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Acer intros the Iconia W4, its second 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet: brings improved screen for $330 (hands-on)  —  Once Intel shows off an unannounced tablet at one of its press events, the jig is up: the product may as well be official at that point.  That's what happened with Acer's Iconia …

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