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October 8, 2014, 2:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
'It's been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event  —  It's happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
AT&T Pays $105 Million to Settle Mobile Cramming Charges  —  AT&T agreed to pay $105 million to settle claims that it allowed third-party companies to bill subscribers for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges, federal and state law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Adds Custom Pirate Bay Search With Autocomplete  —  The entertainment industries have gone head to head with Google in recent months, demanding tougher anti-piracy measures from the search engine.  —  According to the RIAA, MPAA and others, Google is making it too easy for its users to find pirated content.
Bloomberg:
Symantec Said to Explore Split Into Security, Storage Cos  —  Symantec Corp. is exploring a breakup, according to people with knowledge of the matter, joining other large technology companies that are trying to make their businesses more focused and nimble.  —  The Mountain View …
CNET:
Marc Andreessen on Zuckerberg, Twitter, Apple Watch, bitcoin, PayPal spinning off, and Snowden  —  Zuckerberg is world's best CEO, Twitter the eighth wonder, says Marc Andreessen  —  The venture capitalist has been tweeting up a storm, sharing his thoughts on everything from startups to activist shareholders.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps  —  A new mobile application called Snowball, launching today, is going to give iPhone users Android envy.  The app serves as a universal inbox for your many mobile messaging clients, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS …
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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Product Hunt Gets $6.1 Million Series A Funding From A16Z And Alexis Ohanian  —  Product Hunt, a community board where people can up vote tech products, officially announced the raise of $6.1 million in a Series A today, led by Andreessen Horowitz.  Y Combinator partner and Reddit co-founder …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Slack exposes companies' team names to outsiders, but it's a feature, not a bug  —  There's a bit of chatter today about an apparent Slack vulnerability that allows people to snoop around other companies to find out what group they have on the service.  However, it's not technically a vulnerability …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Cisco Is Shuffling 25,000 Employees Around In A Massive Reorg  —  Resumes are flying out of Cisco like so many owls in a Harry Potter movie, sources in the Valley are telling us.  —  A huge reorganization of Cisco's routing and switching engineering business has been going on, affecting up to 25,000 employees.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Review: CarPlay has promise, but the road to perfection is long  —  With Pioneer now offering aftermarket CarPlay support through their existing NEX displays, I got the chance to finally test drive CarPlay (without having to buy a new car) and see how Apple's driving-optimized iPhone experience performs on the road.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Russian cybercrime group compromised half a million computers  —  A mistake by a suspected Russian-speaking cybercriminal group allowed a security vendor to peep on a campaign that stole login credentials for hundreds of thousands of online bank accounts.  —  In a new report …
Patrick Hoge / San Francisco Business Times:
SF's new “Airbnb law” officially permits short term rentals, with restrictions, starting Feb 2015  —  San Francisco Supervisors give okay to Airbnb legalization ordinance  —  Acknowledging that the “genie is out of the bottle,” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave initial approval …

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