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October 2, 2014, 9:05 AM

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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Sources: Apple Pay to be included in iOS 8.1, scheduled to be released October 20  —  Apple Pay to Be Included in iOS 8.1, Sources Confirm  —  Based on multiple sources close to Apple, Bank Innovation has learned that iOS 8.1 will include Apple Pay, and the current expected timetable for the public release is schedule for October 20.
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.)
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.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans  —  Verizon's “network optimization” policy would have restricted speeds for its heaviest unlimited data users when the LTE network was congested.  But Big Red is now nixing the controversial plan.
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.
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
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.
Jacob Siegal / BGR:
Verizon and Sprint follow AT&T's lead with new double data offers  —  Over the weekend, AT&T announced a data plan promotion which would allow customers to sign up for double the data at the same price as their current plans.  Not to be outdone, both Verizon and Sprint announced their own promotions …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook to refine process of authenticating names; CPO apologizes to LGBT community  —  Facebook clarifies real name policy amid LGBT protests  —  Drag queens will be able to post under their stage names, the company says  —  Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
EMC names former Apple executive Zane Rowe CFO  —  EMC nabs Apple vet as new chief financial officer  —  Summary: Also listed as an executive vice president reporting directly to EMC CEO Joe Tucci, Rowe has a long history in both the tech and finance sectors.  —  EMC has found itself a new chief financial officer.
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Dropbox for Android users can now export files to SD cards  —  After several requests, Dropbox for Android users can now export files to their device's SD card.  This new feature will help keep important items like documents and photos accessible whenever offline or switching from one device to another.

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