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November 11, 2013, 10:10 AM

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple said to develop 4.7 and 5.5 inch curved iPhones for late 2014 release, pressure-sensitive screens for later models  —  Apple Said Developing Curved IPhone Screens, Enhanced Sensors  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office's Help  —  Experiment Is Web Retailer's Latest Speed Initiative … Amazon.com Inc. will begin delivering packages on Sundays in the nation's two largest cities later this month with an unlikely partner—the United States Postal Service.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft shouldn't hire any CEO who wants to kill Bing and Xbox  —  According to “people with knowledge of his thinking,” Bloomberg is reporting that, should Stephen Elop become Microsoft's next CEO, he would consider shutting down or selling parts of the company to “sharpen its focus.”
Benedict Evans:
Facebook's acquisition of Instagram is looking strategically irrelevant  —  Instagram and Youtube  —  Instagram is looking like a great acquisition.  It had 30m users when Facebook bought it in April 2012, and has now passed 150m, just 18m later.  —  (The change in colour signifies the acquisition.)
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.  —  At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students.  Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
New iWork: Another Missed Opportunity To Set Expectations  —  With the 5.0 iWork suite we revisit Apple's propensity to make lofty claims that fall short of reality.  The repetition of such easily avoidable mistakes is puzzling and leads us to question what causes Apple executives to squander the company's well-deserved goodwill.
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
UK spies continue “quantum insert” attack via LinkedIn, Slashdot pages  —  According to a new report (German) by Der Spiegel, the British signals intelligence spy agency has again employed a “quantum insert” technique as a way to target employees (Google Translate) of two companies that are GRX (Global Roaming Exchange) providers.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Vox Media buying Curbed Network (including Curbed, Eater, and Racked) for $20-$30 Million  —  Vox Media Buying Curbed.com Network of Sites  —  Vox Media, a company with three strong digital brands, including the technology site The Verge, is adding to its portfolio.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon and J&J Clash Over Third-Party Sales  —  J&J Complained Damaged or Expired Products Were Sold on Site  —  Johnson & Johnson and Amazon.com Inc. are clashing over complaints that Amazon isn't doing enough to prevent people from selling damaged or expired J&J products …

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