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October 8, 2014, 5:45 PM

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple says it was surprised by the bankruptcy filing of sapphire supplier GT Advanced; sources say GT didn't meet Apple's technical milestones  —  Apple Surprised by Sapphire Partner GT Advanced's Bankruptcy Filing  —  iPhone Maker Says It Will Work With State and Local Officials to Consider Next Steps
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
HTC introduces waterproof Desire Eye smartphone with 13MP camera on the front and back  —  At its HTC Double Exposure event, HTC introduced its newest smartphone, the Desire Eye.  —  The new phone comes with a 5.2-inch HD 1080 x 1920 display with 424 ppi and has the same 13MP wide-angle camera on the front and back of the device.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
HTC's Zoe app arrives for Android, heads to iOS later this year  —  HTC revealed its plan to turn Sense feature Zoe into a full-on social network a couple months back.  Today, the company announced that the photo and video-sharing app is exiting its open beta, and is available for compatible Android devices (4.3 and above).
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.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
A sampler of Slack group names at major tech companies, obtained through the service's dubious usability “feature”  —  Slack Is Letting Anyone Peek at Their Competitors  —  Few pieces of corporate software have earned so many fans so quickly as Slack, which is basically a sophisticated chat room for businesses.
Bethany McLean / Vanity Fair:
Can C.E.O. Satya Nadella Save Microsoft?  —  The Empire Reboots  —  Over the last decade, as the biggest force in tech history hurtled toward irrelevance (albeit lucratively), a few blamed Microsoft' s woes on founder Bill Gates, while most pointed to his successor as C.E.O., Steve Ballmer.
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple opens the door for HomeKit accessory makers w/ finalized MFi specs  —  Apple has now finalized and published specifications for HomeKit through its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program.  The finalized specifications, which allow accessory makers to start building products …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Nokia's HERE maps is finally available for Android, kicking off with Samsung Galaxy phones  —  Nokia has launched a beta version of its HERE maps and navigation app in the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, giving the smartphone maker a viable alternative to the wildly popular Google Maps.

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