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October 23, 2013, 2:40 PM

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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
All Of The Ways Apple's New Free Mac OS Hurts Microsoft Windows  —  Apple announced today that Mavericks, its latest version of Mac OS X, will be free for all Mac users to download.  Windows 8.1 is still $119.99.  —  Apple products are usually seen as expensive if not out of reach for average consumers …
More: ITworld.com and MacDailyNewsTweets: @dannysullivan
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Sam Byford / The Verge:
LG's curved-screen G Flex smartphone revealed in photos and video  —  We've seen rendered images of LG's G Flex and its curved OLED display, but the device itself has proven elusive — until now.  Argentinian broadcaster Telefe Noticias managed to obtain the phone for an in-studio hands-on video …
Dale Peterson / Digital Bond's SCADA Security Portal:
Call Yourself A Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights  —  The US District Court for the State of Idaho ruled that an ICS product developer's computer could be seized without him being notified or even heard from in court primarily because he states on his web site “we like hacking things and don't want to stop”.
Greg Koenig / Atomic Delights:
How Apple Makes the Mac Pro  —  As a product designer, one of my favorite parts about any new Apple product launch is the inevitable “How it's made” video.  The Mac Pro video did not disappoint.  —  What makes Apple fascinating is not that they are using some wiz-bang alien technologies to make things …
More: 9to5Mac and kottke.org
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
LG unveils the Fireweb, its first Firefox OS smartphone (video)  —  So far, Firefox OS has been limited to ultra-basic smartphones like the ZTE Open.  LG is expanding the platform's reach today by releasing its inaugural Mozilla-powered handset, the Fireweb.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung acquires 7.4 percent of Gorilla Glass maker Corning, signs long-term supply deal  —  In a move that could raise eyebrows in the LCD business, Corning has taken full control of Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co. Ltd., a joint venture 43 percent owned by Samsung.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Reverses Stance — Again — On Violent Viral Video  —  Sometimes figuring out the fine line between free expression and overly objectionable content is harder than you'd think.  —  Just ask Facebook, which on Tuesday reversed a stance it took just 24 hours previously and removed …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Exclusive: HTC scales back production lines as cash flow worsens-sources  —  (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp has halted at least one of its four main manufacturing lines, accounting for at least a fifth of total capacity, and is outsourcing production as a sales slump puts pressure …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Air or Mini? A hard choice - nearly identical internals, both comfortable one-handed devices  —  Two iPads To Tango  —  I walked into today's Apple event positive that the iPad mini with a retina display, if unveiled, would be the one iPad to rule them all.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Huge Banner Ads For Branded Queries  —  Google has confirmed that they are testing incredibly large banner ads for specific branded queries.  —  @SynrgyHQ posted an image on Twitter showing for the query [southwest airlines a huge “sponsored” ad at the top of the search results.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo acquires image recognition startup LookFlow to improve discovery in Flickr, build a deep learning group  —  Yahoo today acquired LookFlow, a startup that was building new ways for people to find, explore, collect, and share content they're interested in.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Galaxy Gear compatibility comes to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, S3, Note 2 and more  —  If you wanted live out your Inspector Gadget fantasies, but lacked the Galaxy Note 3 needed to take full advantage of the possibilities, we've got good news.  Samsung's bringing compatibility for its Galaxy Gear …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu Finally Brings Free Videos To Mobile - But It's Just Clips, And Only Works In The Browser (For Now?)  —  Days after naming its new CEO, Fox Networks Group president Mike Hopkins, Hulu has finally launched free video content for mobile users.  But don't get too excited - it's just clips, not full-length episodes.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SEC Votes To Propose Equity Crowdfunding By Unaccredited Investors, Now Up For Public Comment  —  Hundreds of days past the deadline, an SEC panel today unanimously voted to propose a rule allowing equity crowdfunding of startups by anyone, not just rich accredited investors.
More: USA Today, Gigaom, The Verge and DigitsTweets: @danprimack

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