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October 28, 2013, 7:40 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  iPhone Sales Grow 26% to Establish New September Quarter Record  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter ended September 28, 2013.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit …
Dan Frommer / TechCrunch:
Apple's Rebound Quarter In Charts  —  Apple just reversed its slide, if you can call it that.  —  After three quarters in a row of slowing sales growth, Apple's September quarter - reported this afternoon - shows a modest re-acceleration.  See Matthew Panzarino's post for the financial big picture …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple: Future Versions Of OS X To Be Free, Notes $900M Increase In Revenue Deferral Due To Free Software  —  Today during its earnings call, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer confirmed that future versions of OS X would be free.  Last week, Apple announced that OS X Mavericks would be available for free …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPad Air Supplies Expected to Be Plentiful at Launch With In-Store Pickup Available  —  When Apple launches orders for the iPad Air on Friday, November 1, the company will reportedly accept requests for Personal Pickup, according to a source who notified MacRumors about Apple's plans.
Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
‘The Zuckerberg Files’: New Scholarly Archive Scrutinizes Facebook CEO  —  In 2010 two privacy scholars published an op-ed criticizing the “Machiavellian” public-relations methods of tech companies like Facebook.  They analyzed a PR script that may sound familiar to many of Facebook's 1.2 billion users.
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung signs three-year deal to supply NBA with courtside tablets and monitors  —  NBA Teams Up With Samsung  —  The National Basketball Association has signed a wide-ranging, $100 million deal with Samsung Electronics Co. to bring the South Korean company's technology courtside at its games …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
In Oct event, Apple unable to focus on iPad's strength: productivity not limited to PC uses  —  The Magical iPad  —  In The Missing “Why” of the iPad I wrote: Yesterday's presentation covered the “What” and “How” of the iPad, but it had nothing about “Why.”  Why does the iPad exist?
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Syrian Electronic Army Targets President Obama in Latest Hack  —  Add President Obama to the list of the latest high-profile hacks.  —  A handful of sites affiliated with the President's nonprofit issue advocacy group, Organizing for Action, were compromised by a group of hackers on Monday morning …
Spiegel Online:
The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin  —  According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station.  The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes available its Azure-based Hadoop service  —  Summary: Microsoft's HDInsight service — a cloud-based distribution of Hadoop — is generally available.  Microsoft's planned complement for Windows Server has been replaced.  —  Microsoft's cloud-based distribution of Hadoop …
Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech, social media employers offer perks aplenty  —  Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle  —  Bay Area tech and social media companies are engaged in an arms race to see who can offer the most - and most unusual - benefits to employees.  —  While most Americans would be happy …
Tweets: @kristinaweise
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Cook tells employees Apple ‘has never been stronger,’ plans to address company tomorrow  —  Following Apple's earnings results for Q4 2013, which includes a record iPhone sales number for the September quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook has emailed employees to congratulate them on the results.
More: MacRumors and VentureBeatTweets: @markgurman
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They're in Theaters  —  Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web.  Now it's toying with the same idea for movies.  —  This summer, the company announced that it in addition …

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