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October 2, 2014, 1:20 PM

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Sébastien Page / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple launches tool to check Activation Lock status; lets you see if an iPhone/iPad is stolen  —  Apple releases tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices  —  Apple recently released a tool that lets anyone check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG website referenced software development kit for an unannounced webOS SmartWatch  —  LG is working on a webOS SmartWatch  —  “LG SmartWatch gets more powerful with the new Web-centric platform”  —  The world's favorite abortive mobile operating system, webOS, refuses to go away quietly.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit for failure to remove nude images of hacked celebrities  —  Celebrities Threaten “Despicable” Google for “Facilitating” Hacked Nude Photos  —  In a letter that rips Google for acting “like the NFL” and turning a blind eye, a lawyer representing celebrities warns of consequences
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple veteran Steve Dowling chosen as Apple's interim head of PR, succeeding Katie Cotton  —  Code/red: Apple Taps Interim PR Boss  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Rocket Internet's IPO, and it's not going well.  — The 55th anniversary of the premiere of “The Twilight Zone.”
Nick Statt / CNET:
Microsoft may have named it Windows 10 to maintain compatibility with app software from '90s  —  Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?  —  Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name “Windows 9” and jumped to 10.  Here's one explanation that actually makes sense.
iClarified:
iPhone 6+ with 802.11ac shows substantial speed improvements over iPhone 5s's 802.11n  —  iPhone Wi-Fi Speed Test: 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus vs. 802.11n iPhone 5s [Video]  —  We've posted a new video test comparing the Wi-Fi speeds of the 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus versus the 802.11n iPhone 5s.
Tim Moynihan / Wired:
Windows 10: A step back for the interface but a leap forward in strategy  —  Ambitious Windows 10 Is an Attack Disguised as a Retreat  —  From the early looks of Windows 10, it's a long-overdue concession to the fact that Windows users prefer the way things used to be.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Pioneer finally brings CarPlay equipment to mass market, Spotify app update adds CarPlay support  —  The CarPlay situation has been murky.  Since being announced in the spring, most manufacturers have been quiet on when CarPlay equipment will actually be available to purchase.
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Local police in US giving families free ComputerCop keylogging software in “Internet Safety” initiative  —  ComputerCOP: The Dubious ‘Internet Safety Software’ That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families  —  ComputerCOP in Maricopa County, Arizona
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Angry Birds maker Rovio lays off 130 staff and tries to ‘reignite growth’  —  Layoffs affect 16% of Finnish firm's workforce as it focuses on its games, media and consumer products businesses  —  Angry Birds still has 200m active players, but its growth has been slower than expected
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Google's Sundar Pichai: Drive at 240m active users, Chromebooks approaching 50% US EDU market (Video)  —  During its Atmosphere Live event, Google's Sundar Pichai announced that the company's Drive cloud storage platform has over 240 million active users, up 190 from million since June.
Paul Graham:
Startups are very counterintuitive, and you can't always trust your instincts  —  Before the Startup  —  (This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at Stanford.  It's intended for college students, but much of it is applicable to potential founders at other ages.)
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Marc Newson says his role at Apple is only part-time for a specific project  —  In an interview with dezeen.com, designer and new Apple employee Marc Newson spoke about his latest project with Heineken while providing a little bit more insight into his new role at Apple.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen launches “Dollar a Day” email newsletter: subscribers donate $1 per day to featured nonprofits  —  Kickstarter Founder's Next Project Will Crowdfund Nonprofits With a Dollar a Day  —  Perry Chen, co-founder and former CEO of the seminal …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Heads up display startup Navdy nabs $6.5 million in seed funding to bring its GPS system to cars  —  Navdy will use the money to build its staff and prepare to manufacture the GPS and mobile phone notification device for shipment early next year.  —  Navdy, a San Francisco startup planning …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less  —  Google's Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company previously, only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project underway called The Physical Web …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Big Data Analytics Go Large: GoodData Gets $25.7M Led By Intel, Eyes Up 2016 IPO  —  GoodData, a cloud-based big data analytics firm, is rising higher into the clouds itself.  Today it is announcing a $25.7 million round of funding led by Intel Capital, with participation …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
After Quietly Acquiring SnapSaves, Groupon Launches Snap, Paying You To Shop  —  Groupon continues apace with its plans to evolve from an online daily deals giant into a wider e-commerce player, with an emphasis on mobile and local purchases.  Today the company is launching a new app called Snap …

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