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October 31, 2013, 10:20 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 …
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.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google's Glass Accessory Store Is Coming Online (Wow.  Stuff's Expensive!)  —  Google is bringing an official accessory store for Google Glass online this evening, based on reports first shared in a private Google forum for Glass Explorers.  —  The store appears to be part of the “My Glass” …
Lisa Chow / NPR:
Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff … You're on Amazon.com.  You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews.  You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
New FAA Guidelines Permit More Device Use, All The Way From Take-Off To Landing  —  For years now, most of us have been quietly not turning off our phones and devices at landing and take off, and merely putting the screens to sleep and stuffing them in seat pockets instead.
Doug Madory / Renesys:
Google DNS Departs Brazil Ahead of New Law  —  In response to recent NSA spying allegations, Brazil is pressing ahead with a new law to require Internet companies like Google to store data about Brazilian users inside Brazil, where it will be subject to local privacy laws.
More: Network WorldTweets: @netfreedom and @scharlab
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Steam rises to 65 million active users, eclipsing Xbox Live  —  Steam now has more than 65 million active accounts.  The figure marks a 30 percent rise in players over the last year.  The video game digital download platform also boasts daily peak concurrent users of more than six million.
RIA Novosti:
Ex-NSA Contractor Snowden Finds Computer Job in Russia  —  Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden has found a website maintenance job in Russia, his lawyer said Thursday.  —  Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia this summer, will start work November 1 in maintaining …
Phys.org:
Future Internet aims to sever links with servers  —  This is a diagram showing how information would be shared on the PURSUIT Internet, compared with the present architecture.  Credit: Barney Brown, University of Cambridge.  —  A revolutionary new architecture aims to make the internet more …
More: Gigaom, Gizmodo and redOrbit
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Flurry in 400K apps, tracks 1.2B devices a month with a reach greater than Facebook or Google  —  Meet The Company That Tracks More Phones Than Google Or Facebook  —  Picture this scenario.  A bored woman sits waiting in an airline lounge.  She scrolls through her iPhone and taps …
Tweets: @forbes
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Pandora for Android adds Chromecast streaming (update: iPhone too)  —  When Google's Chromecast streaming device launched, the company mentioned it would stream stream music from Pandora eventually and now that day has arrived.  At least on Android, a new version 5 of the app is available …
Wall Street Journal:
NSA Fallout Hits AT&T's Ambitions In Europe  —  AT&T Inc. T -0.03% 's ambitions to expand in Europe have run into unexpected hurdles amid the growing outcry across the region over surveillance by the National Security Agency.  German and other European officials said any attempt by AT&T …
More: The Verge, Gigaom and SlashGearTweets: @samschech
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Fantastical 2: The calendar Apple should have built... again  —  After bringing natural language input to the mobile calendar experience with Fantastical for iPhone last November, Flexibits today released a brand new version of what was already my absolute favorite calendar app.
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 …

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