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October 16, 2014, 7:10 PM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
iPad Air 2: 6.1mm, A8X, 8MP rear camera, Touch ID, gold version, preorder Oct. 17 from $499  —  iPad Air 2 announced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 'world's thinnest' body, available for $499 and shipping next week  —  Apple is introducing the iPad Air 2, a new version …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple:
iMac with Retina display: 27" 5120x2880 pixel “5K” display, 5mm at its thinnest, available today from $2499  —  Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display  —  Apple® today unveiled the 27-inch iMac® with Retina® 5K display, featuring the world's highest resolution display …
Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
iMac with Retina Display Eyes-On: It's Gorgeous, Of Course  —  The Apple iMac with Retina display looks brilliant.  I mean, of course it does: There are just too many freaking pixels here (and too much of Apple's reputation for excellence) for it to be anything but stellar.
Guardian:
Whisper, the anonymous social media app, tracks users who have opted out of geolocation services, shares information with US DoD, stores data indefinitely  —  Revealed: how Whisper app tracks anonymous users  — Company shares some information with US Department of Defense
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Google:
Google Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  —  “Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
OS X Yosemite and updated iWork are available today for free  —  Apple releases OS X Yosemite for Mac for free; iWork updated  —  Summary: Apple's latest desktop operating system lands on existing and new iMacs and MacBooks for free.  Also updated, the company's iWork productivity suite.
Richard Slatter / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter partners with Soundcloud to launch Audio Card, a new way to share audio in timeline  —  Introducing a new audio experience on Twitter  —  The world's most influential musicians and media producers already share unique audio content through Twitter every day.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay is available starting Oct. 20, 500 more banks signed up  —  As expected, today during its iPad and Mac event Apple announced an official Oct. 20 launch date for Apple Pay, its new payments service unveiled earlier this year alongside the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 models.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
iOS 8.1: Pay for iPhone 6/6+, Camera Roll, Cloud Photo Library beta, rolls out Oct. 20th; iOS 8 installed on 48% of iPhones  —  Apple announces iOS 8.1: ApplePay, Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library beta  —  Apple today announced iOS 8.1, the first dot update since iOS 8 launched …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces Apple Watch SDK, Launches In November  —  Apple just announced its SDK for the upcoming Apple Watch.  Called WatchKit, the kit launches next month.  The word comes from Tim Cook speaking today at an event held at the Apple Campus.  —  WatchKit will give developers the tools needed to build app for the Apple Watch.
More: Macworld, MacRumors and CNET
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Nearly 75% of all Airbnb rentals in New York illegal, says NY Attorney General Schneiderman  —  Airbnb Listings Mostly Illegal, State Contends  —  Airbnb, the pioneering home rental service, presents itself as useful and virtuous, but the reality is far less benign, according to a report …

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