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October 9, 2014, 2:05 PM

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Carl Icahn / Shareholders Square Table:
Carl Icahn says Apple is “dramatically undervalued” in open letter to Tim Cook, asks for an accelerated stock repurchase program  —  Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price  —  “IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION”  —  As a large Apple shareholder with approximately 53 million shares …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple says it's already “executing the largest capital return program in corporate history”  —  Apple Responds To Carl Icahn's Letter With A Killer Chart  —  Carl Icahn wrote an open letter to Apple and its CEO Tim Cook.  —  In it, he asks Apple to accelerate its stock repurchase …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple suppliers postpone production of 12.9" iPad from December to early 2015 in order to cope with strong iPhone demand  —  Larger Apple iPad to Be Delayed  —  Apple Suppliers Concentrating on Meeting Demand for New iPhones  —  Apple Inc. suppliers have pushed back plans to mass produce …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes slew of commitments to get businesses hooked on Surface  —  Microsoft today made a slew of announcements as part of a new commitment to Surface for business.  —  The company says firms have been asking it about a longer-term commitment to Surface for businesses of all sizes.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Snapchat CEO Spiegel Says Untargeted Advertising Is Coming Soon  —  Snapchat, the popular mobile app for disappearing messages, is close to launching its first disappearing ads as the company sets out to prove its $10 billion valuation.  —  Evan Spiegel, the startup's 24-year-old co-founder …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Surging Mac sales put Apple among top five global PC vendors for first time, IDC says  —  The Macintosh may have posted its strongest worldwide market share yet last quarter, according to the latest estimates from IDC, which place Apple among the top five global PC vendors for the first time.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Unity, one gaming development platform to unite them all, up for sale  —  A presentation pitching Unity has been circulating around the games industry, sources say.  The potential buyer gets popular software that powers games, large and small.
More: Rock, Paper, Shotgun and ElectronistaTweets: @mattrixThanks:@rogerwcheng
Sarah / The Imgur Blog:
Imgur now converts GIF uploads to more compact MP4 format, increases upload limit 10X to 50MB, plans to standardize new “GIFV” container format  —  Introducing GIFV  —  GIFs are no longer about .GIFs-the culture of the GIF now trumps the file format.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Google's Eric Schmidt: US spy programs may “end up breaking the internet” if not reformed  —  US Spy Programs May Break the Internet if Not Reformed, Google Leader Says  —  PALO ALTO — You own your data.  And the government needs to start respecting that.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype's new design on Windows and Mac focuses on messaging  —  Mobile look and feel reaches the desktop  —  Microsoft's Skype client has traditionally focused on video and voice calls, but with the rise of mobile it has started to shift to target instant messaging.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Alibaba Invests $50 Million in TV Remote App Peel  —  Alibaba, the Chinese tech giant, continues to place financial bets outside of its core e-commerce focus, investing $50 million into entertainment app maker Peel.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup makes apps for smartphones …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
WeatherSignal, OpenSignal's crowdsourced weather reporting app, comes to iOS 8  —  OpenSignal brings its crowdsourced weather reporting app to iPhone  —  In May last year, we brought you news on WeatherSignal, a new crowdsourced weather reporting tool.  The Web and Android app came courtesy …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google launches Google+ polls, putting its Polar acquisition to use  —  Today Google announced a new feature for its oft-ignored social network: polls.  —  The introduction of this feature comes with little surprise, as it closely follows Google's high-profile purchase of Polar …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC introduces Desire Eye, with highest resolution front-facing camera on a smartphone, 13MP front and back  —  HTC's Desire Eye wants to be the king of selfies  —  The Desire Eye has the most powerful front-facing camera ever put on a smartphone  —  It's no secret that taking selfies …
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