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October 20, 2013, 5:30 PM

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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App  —  Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  It is unclear what Twitter's time frame is for ultimately ending support …
Spiegel Online:
NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President  —  The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years.  It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.  The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Mavericks may arrive this week, plus rounding up expectations for Tuesday's Apple event  —  Tune in Oct. 22 for new iPads, Mac Pro details, MacBook Pros, and Mavericks  —  Apple's next event is upon us, and it's likely to be action-packed.  As Apple says: it has “a lot to cover.”
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Anonymity of Bitcoin transactions a boon to ransomware crooks  —  You're infected—if you want to see your data again, pay us $300 in Bitcoins  —  Malware that takes computers hostage until users pay a ransom is getting meaner, and thanks to the growing prevalence of Bitcoin …
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Government promises “tech surge” to address problems with HealthCare.gov  —  ‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges  —  The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset …
Donna Tam / CNET:
Illinois court throws out ‘Amazon tax’ online sales law  —  The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a state law Friday that required online retailers, like Amazon, to collect sales tax if they have in-state Web affiliates, according to Associated Press.  —  The court decided …
Ron / WinBeta:
Microsoft pulls Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store due to ‘a situation’  —  Microsoft has apparently removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store, citing a situation as the culprit for some users.  Microsoft is investigating the issue and will provide further details once the update is ready to be released again.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Seene Uses Computer Vision To Create Unique And Eerie 3D Images On iPhone  —  It's not often that I use a new ‘photo capture’ app and impressed by it within seconds.  It's not that there's not a lot of cool stuff being built out there, it's just that the frontiers are getting closer and easier to predict.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
US Companies Raised $8.1B In 806 VC Deals In Q3, Capital Raised, M&A Activity And IPOs All Up From Previous Quarter  —  Dow Jones Venture Source released its quarterly report on the state of venture capital, including data on number of VC deals, funds raised, M&As and IPOs in the technology sector.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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