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October 25, 2013, 8:05 PM

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AllThingsD:
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:
iFixit:
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
Reuters:
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.
Bloomberg:
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  —  HealthCare.gov, 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.
RT:
NSA site down due to alleged DDoS attack  —  The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday.  —  NSA.gov 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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