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October 29, 2013, 10:10 PM

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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPad Air review: lighter, more portable, more usable and faster than any previous iPad  —  The iPad Air Review  —  It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 10-inch tablet market was done for, with all interest and excitement shifting to smaller, but equally capable 7 or 8-inch tablets instead.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air  —  One reason for the phenomenal success of the iPad has been Apple's ability to pack speed and versatility into a thin, light body with long battery life.  It doesn't do everything a laptop does, but for many common scenarios, it has replaced the laptop as its owners' go-to device.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Apps For iOS, Android And Web Get In-Stream Video And Image Previews  —  Twitter today shipped an update that adds in-stream video and image previews to the main feed in its iOS, Android and web apps.  Previously you would have to tap on links for images via Twitter or video service Vine.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Twitter tries to entice new users with media previews, facilitates banner ads  —  Twitter pulls a Facebook, fills your stream with photos and videos — but will it help or hurt?  —  Twitter quietly rolled out a new feature — or irritant, depending on how you look at it …
Wall Street Journal:
Google nears smartwatch launch  —  Google is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of a smartwatch, people familiar with the matter said, its latest foray into wearable devices after Google Glass.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
“Manufacturing issue” responsible for fast battery drain on “limited number” of iPhone 5Ss  —  Shortened Battery Life Found in Some New iPhones  —  The Apple iPhone 5S is supposed to have significantly longer battery life than its predecessors.
The Official Motorola Blog:
Motorola's Project Ara: A free, open hardware platform for creating modular smartphones  —  Goodbye Sticky.  Hello Ara.  —  Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google adds location sharing, animated GIFs to Hangouts, integrates SMS  —  Today during its “A Morning with Google+” event, Google announced some updates for its Google+ service on top of sharing some improvements to Hangouts.  Perhaps the biggest new feature that was announced during …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Met With Facebook Last Week on Potential Bid  —  BlackBerry Ltd. executives flew to California to meet with Facebook Inc. last week to gauge its interest in a potential bid for the struggling smartphone-maker, according to people familiar with the matter.
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Steve Jobs house added as ‘historic resource’  —  The humble home where Silicon Valley tech titan Steve Jobs built some of his first computers and co-founded Apple was added to a list of historic Los Altos properties Monday night.  —  The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Social Video Startup Magisto Raises $13 Million From Qualcomm And Sandisk  —  Once upon a time, seemingly everyone was creating mobile apps to help users shoot, edit, and share videos with one another.  Thanks to a desire to build or invest in the “Instagram for video,” …
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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger  —  As much as Google likes and touts that Android is open, that freedom may come with the cost of some control over the platform.  Amazon may have started the first truly successful “fork” of Android, but Samsung is going after the whole place setting.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google shows off second gen Google Glass w/ mono earbud coming later this year  —  After announcing yesterday that Google Glass hardware would be revised later this year and offered to current Glass Explorers interested in swapping to a newer unit, Google today gives us a look …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Senate confirms Wheeler to lead FCC  —  The Senate unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler, an investor and former industry lobbyist, to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday.  —  The vote was delayed for two weeks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who expressed concern about Wheeler's views on political disclosure rules.

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