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October 7, 2014, 6:25 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook working on stand-alone mobile app that will allow anonymous discussion; release expected in coming weeks  —  Facebook Readies App Allowing Anonymity  —  Facebook has long attempted to be the place where, above all else, you try to be yourself.  —  Soon, Facebook will allow you to be yourself, but under a different name.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders  —  Twitter, the world's largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department's restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government's …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
New Google+ Head David Besbris: We're Here for the Long Haul (Q&A)  —  Google+ isn't dying anytime soon, says Google's new head of social media David Besbris.  —  Of course, you'd expect the person in charge of the social network to say so, despite the fact that it's hard to ignore the chatter …
Chris Hamby / BuzzFeed:
DOJ in court filing asserts a DEA agent had the right to impersonate a woman on Facebook without her consent  —  Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman's Name  —  The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks After Launch  —  After almost three weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 47 percent of devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Adobe's e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated]  —  Adobe even logs what you read in Digital Editions' instruction manual.  —  Adobe's Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access …
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Kano Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers and Learn to Code  —  If you ask a typical 10-year-old today what's inside her computer, or how the software is created, she's likely to be baffled.  Today's sleek notebooks and desktops, and the apps they run, are a far cry from the crude models …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Plastc, a card to digitally replace other payment cards, is up for $155 pre-order, ships in summer 2015  —  Plastc wants to replace your entire wallet with a single card  —  How much technology can you fit into a 0.8-millimeter-thick credit card?  —  Last November, Coin offered a first taste of what was possible.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Google rolls out local News & Weather app for iOS  —  Google just introduced a new app for iOS that displays local news and weather.  It's like the nightly local news except on your iPhone or iPad.  —  The News & Weather app for iOS is “your comprehensive and personalized view of headline stories …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Feds ‘Hacked’ Silk Road Without a Warrant?  Perfectly Legal, Prosecutors Argue  —  With only a month until the scheduled trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road drug site, Ulbricht's defense lawyers have zeroed in on the argument that the U.S. government illegally hacked …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
BloomNation, A Marketplace For Local Florists, Raises $5.6 Million Series A  —  BloomNation, a Santa Monica-based startup offering florists and floral designers a platform for running their business online, as well as a marketplace that connects florists and consumers, has now closed on $5.55 million in Series A funding.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Lays Off 400 Employees In India  —  Just ahead of its Q3 earnings, Yahoo is laying people off in its international business.  Specifically, it is downsizing its software development center in Bangalore, India.  We understand that 400 people, mainly working in product engineering, have been affected.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories  —  The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box.  —  As first discovered by AppleInsider …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe announces alliance with Microsoft to improve Creative Cloud software on touch PCs  —  Creative pros like Macs, but Adobe cozies up with Microsoft  —  At Adobe's Max conference, the company announces an alliance with Microsoft to focus on touch and tablets.  The alliance could help both companies move beyond PCs.
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Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Highfive's $799 TV-connected device & service outfits conference rooms for easy video meetings  —  Highfive: A new device and cloud service that will fix your meetings and video conferences  —  Even with technological advances in other aspects of our lives, business meetings have remained frustratingly antiquated.

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