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October 17, 2014, 2:05 PM

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Guardian:
Guardian responds to Whisper's denials, stands by its claims, urges media and users to keep pressing Whisper  —  Whisper: the facts  —  Executives from the anonymous social media app have dismissed as a ‘pack of lies’ the Guardian's revelation that they track users.  But the evidence is clear
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Whisper CTO says tracking “anonymous” users not a big deal, really  —  On Thursday, the Guardian reported that the developers of Whisper, a social media platform that allows individuals to post anonymous messages that can be seen by others based on a number of factors, isn't all that anonymous after all.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's iPhone 6 Finally Makes Its Debut in China  —  Apple launched its latest iPhone in China on Friday morning.  But unlike some past debuts for its new gadgets, the event was decidedly low-key.  —  About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple's store …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry  —  Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple's new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Fresh launches in New York, starting with Brooklyn's Park Slope area, for Amazon Prime members  —  Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City  —  Amazon's grocery delivery business is launching in New York City on Friday, the company said …
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
Obama nominates ex-Google lawyer Michelle Lee to head US patent office in a victory for Silicon Valley  —  Obama nominates former Google exec to lead U.S. Patent Office  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria in 2011.  (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Michelle K. Lee …
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
Analysts Ask What's Next for Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.  —  On a conference call with analysts on Thursday, after Google reported its third-quarter earnings, the questions came fast and furious …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card  —  Apple isn't the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases - Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions.
Ellen Huet / Forbes:
Uber fired driver for tweeting negative articles about company; driver has since been re-hired  —  Uber Deactivated A Driver For Tweeting A Negative Story About Uber  —  Uber's watching you, and if you say something bad about the company, you might get booted out.
More: Valleywag and Raw Story
Martin Peers / The Information:
HBO's standalone online streaming service likely won't be less than pay TV retail price of $15/month  —  HBO's Online Pricing Trap  —  HBO's broadband service looks doomed even before it starts.  —  While HBO hasn't disclosed details, pricing of the new broadband offering most likely …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Social Network Tagged Rebrands as an App Incubator  —  Tagged, a social-networking site that's struggled to attract users and grow revenue since its founding a decade ago, is changing its name and trying a new approach.  —  The San Francisco-based company has renamed itself if(we) …
Allen Pike:
Developer notes difficulties of supporting old iPads, says obsolescence of A5 CPU is overdue  —  The iPad zombie  —  In March 2011, Apple announced the iPad 2.  It was an incredible leap forward, dramatically thinner and faster than the original iPad.  In many ways, the iPad 2 was when the iPad hit its stride.
Krebs on Security:
Facebook warns its users who use the same credentials as those stolen in earlier Adobe breach  —  Facebook Warns Users After Adobe Breach  —  Facebook is mining data leaked from the recent breach at Adobe in an effort to help its users better secure their accounts.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out its Buy button to general public in early 2015  —  Twitter is aiming to launch its new Buy button to all organizations some time in the first quarter of 2015, VentureBeat has learned.  —  The Buy button officially debuted last month with Twitter testing its functionality …
Thanks:@tched
Xav de Matos / Joystiq:
PS4 ‘2.0 update’ adds broadcast archiving, USB music player  —  PlayStation has revealed a fresh slate of changes coming to the PS4 interface in the upcoming 2.0 system update alongside a few items we already knew about, such as the ability to gussy up your console with themes.
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Investment firm KKR is putting $55M into a company that uses AI to automate IT processes  —  A German software company called Arago just received a $55 million investment from KKR in order to help take its IT automation software global.  The company's algorithms learn how to perform administrative tasks …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google: The New “Messenger” App In Android 5.0 Is A Stock SMS/MMS Solution, Not A Hangouts Replacement / Rebrand  —  There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger.  We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go?
Russ Garland / Wall Street Journal:
VC investments in Q3 2014 at $11.01B, down 24% from Q2 but up 16% from Q3 2013  —  Venture Investment Slows in Third Quarter But Already Exceeds Last Year  —  Venture investors tapped the brakes in the third quarter, but the pace was still well ahead of last year with $37.28 billion deployed …

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