October 25, 2013, 8:05 PM

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Snapchat Is Mulling Another Huge Round at a $3.5 Billion Valuation  —  Only a few months after closing a Series B round of $60 million that valued the ephemeral messaging company at $800 million, Snapchat has been in talks for another funding that values it at up to $3.6 billion, according to sources close to the situation.
Peter Cohen / iMore:
Apple's new Mac iWork apps: A big step back in workflow automation  —  On Tuesday evening Apple posted updates to its iWork apps for Mac - Pages, Keynote and Numbers.  Featured during Apple's iPad and Mac event in San Francisco, the new versions of iWork apps sport new features …
More: SlashGear
J. Glenn Künzler / MacTrast:
MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Teardown  —  We took apart the new 15" Retina MacBook Pro with the hopes that Apple made it more repair-friendly than the debut Mid 2012 model.  Unfortunately, things didn't really work out in our favor; in fact, they took a turn for the (slightly) worse.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Lots Of Hollywood Interest In Making Bilton's Twitter Book A Movie  —  Interest is swirling at Sony and several other major Hollywood studios around Nick Bilton's book “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal”, TechCrunch has learned.
More: Betabeat and WebProNews
Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles  —  (Reuters) - As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate to shield local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.
DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Said to Consider Aereo-Type Services  —  DirecTV (DTV), Time Warner Cable (TWC) Inc. and Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR), taking a page from Aereo Inc., are considering capturing free broadcast signals from TV networks to avoid paying billions of dollars …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It  —  The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.  It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Comcast's latest bundle, Internet Plus, still requires you to pay for TV to receive HBO  —  Dear Internet: You Still Can't Get HBO Without Paying for Cable  —  Lots of people who read sites like this site love the idea of paying for HBO without paying for cable.
Vinay Shet / Google Online Security Blog:
Google makes CAPTCHAs consider users' engagement in assessing whether they're human  —  reCAPTCHA just got easier (but only if you're human)  —  For over a decade, CAPTCHAs have used visual puzzles to help webmasters keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on their sites.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
World's First Bitcoin ATM Set to Go Live Tuesday  —  Three high school buddies from a tiny Canadian town say that they will flip the switch on the world's first bitcoin ATM next week.  It will operate near the entrance of a downtown Vancouver coffee house.  —  Built by a Nevada company …
More: GigaomThanks:@_trendspotter
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare Website Will ‘Work Smoothly’ By Late November, Official Says  —, the online portal to Obamacare enrollment, will reliably allow consumers to shop and sign up for health coverage by late November, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama said Friday.
NSA site down due to alleged DDoS attack  —  The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday.  — has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement …

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