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October 16, 2014, 6:05 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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
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 …
Apple:
Mac Mini: updated CPU and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 802.11ac, on sale today from $499  —  Apple Updates Mac mini  —  Now Starts at $499  —  Apple® today updated Mac® mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value.
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.
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 …
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.
Facebook:
Facebook announces Safety Check, a tool that lets you announce you're safe during natural disasters  —  Introducing Safety Check  —  In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates.  It is in these moments that communication is most critical …
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.
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 …
Claire Reilly / CNET:
Apple disabling glucose-tracking feature of Health app due to measurement compatibility issues  —  Apple to fix Health app after blood glucose measurement issue  —  Diabetics are being warned that Apple's Health app is not compatible with some blood glucose measurements …

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