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October 31, 2013, 1:15 AM

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Washington Post:
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say  —  The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2013.  —  “For nearly ten years, Facebook has been on a mission to connect the world,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Amir Efrati / jessica lessin:
Android's Next Targets: Wearables, TVs, Low-End Phones  —  The launch of Google Inc.'s Android KitKat, the next version of the most widely used operating software for smartphones and tablets, is drawing near.  Google executives haven't announced a release date but people who have been briefed on KitKat say that it is coming soon.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Sprint promises 60Mbps LTE today, demos gigabit cellular in the lab  —  Sprint today said it has demonstrated 1Gbps “over-the-air speed at its lab,” in an early preview of things to come.  —  The cellular company calls the technology “Sprint Spark.”  Sprint claims that Spark …
Steve Rosenbush / The CIO Report:
Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen  —  Risk-based authentication solutions can help thwart cyber intruders' attempts to access enterprise systems.  By learning users' expected log-in patterns, and by setting appropriate risk thresholds for various systems …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Is Marissa Mayer's Year-Old Employee Review System at Yahoo Finally Taking Aim at Underperformers?  —  A little over a year ago, only a few months into her tenure, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent out an internal “goals” memo to employees that outlined a new system of evaluating the efficacy of its staff.
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
Spotify-Tango collaboration takes messaging apps in a whole new direction  —  Tango and Spotify are kicking off a collaboration aimed at offering a new music sharing opportunity for Tango messaging app users.  Anyone using Tango can get access to 30 second clips of any Spotify song — and then share them with their friends.
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Tizen makes stealth pitch to Samsung's Android acolytes  —  Samsung's developer conference featured one panel on Tizen.  Attendees received free t-shirts.  —  (Credit: Shara Tibken/CNET) SAN FRANCISCO — Android may have dominated Samsung's developer conference, but that sure didn't stop Tizen from making its quiet pitch.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's R&D up 32 percent in 2013, still dwarfed by rivals  —  Apple's research and development expenses hit new highs this year, but continue to remain a sliver of how much it spends — especially when stacked up to competitors.  According to Apple's annual report, which was filed …
Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
California Woman Gets the First Ticket for Driving with Google Glass  —  This is history: the first known case of a Glass Explorer getting a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.  —  Cecilia Abadie told her story on Google+ late Tuesday night, and shared this image of the citation …

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