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October 29, 2013, 8:10 PM

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Google in talks to begin mass production of smartwatch, device integrated with Google Now  —  Google Nears Smartwatch Launch  —  Company In Talks With Asian Suppliers for Mass Production  —  TAIPEI—Google Inc.'s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Samsung shipped more phones than Nokia, Apple, LG combined  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 helped it win 29 percent of the mobile phone market.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  Samsung shipped a record 120.1 million phone phones last quarter, beating Nokia, Apple, and LG combined, Strategy Analytics said on Tuesday.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For years, a school principal's job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom.  Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates.  —  Now, as students complain …
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Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Yelp Misses on Earnings, Beats on Revenue in Q3  —  Yelp just announced that it posted a third-quarter loss per share, excluding certain items, of four cents on higher-than-expected revenue of $61.2 million.  —  Wall Street analysts had been expecting, on average, earnings of one cent per share on $59.4 million in revenue.

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