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November 4, 2013, 12:30 PM

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Boyd Erman / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry-Fairfax takeover dies; Thorsten Heins out  —  BlackBerry Ltd. is abandoning a plan to find a buyer and will instead raise $1-billion of new funds and replace its chief executive and some directors, sources said.  —  The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone company had spent the past …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Takes $1B Investment From Fairfax, Others, Replaces CEO Thorsten Heins  —  BlackBerry is replacing its CEO and some of its board of directors, according to official PR this morning.  The push to replace CEO Thorsten Heins comes as BlackBerry's purchase deal with investor Fairfax …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM Claims Twitter Infringes On At Least 3 Of Its Patents, According To Twitter's Latest S-1 Update  —  As Twitter embarks on its initial public offering roadshow, the company has issued another update to its S-1 today with a curveball: the company recently has been issued with a letter …
Deborah Kan / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Eric Schmidt Lambastes NSA Over Spying  —  On a recent visit to Hong Kong, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to Deborah Kan about allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on the company's data centers, censorship in China, and the country he wants to visit next.
Tim Cook / Wall Street Journal:
Apple CEO Tim Cook pens op-ed urging Congress to pass bill prohibiting anti-gay discrimination  —  Tim Cook: Workplace Equality Is Good for Business  —  Long before I started work as the CEO of Apple, I became aware of a fundamental truth: People are much more willing to give of themselves …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPad Air Adoption 5X That Of iPad 4 After Opening Weekend, Says Fiksu  —  Apple may indeed have attracted a much broader audience of upgraders for its redesigned 9.7-inch iPad versus last year, according to new early data from mobile app analytics firms.  The iPad Air enjoyed somewhere around five times …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
‘Glass Guides’ to educate new Explorers over Hangouts  —  In-person-pickups of Google Glass are no longer necessary, but Google still wants to make sure you understand the $1,500 device  —  The still-relatively exclusive Google Glass club is set to grow by as much as 300 percent in the days and weeks ahead …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Western Digital Adds Something New to Hard Drives: Helium  —  When you think about it, aside from the fact that, over time, they increase in capacity while getting cheaper, there's not that much new about hard drives.  They store our digital stuff, occasionally give out, and that's pretty much that.

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