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October 29, 2014, 4:20 PM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
CurrentC alerts users of its pilot program that some email addresses were stolen by hackers  —  Wal-Mart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Hacked  —  Here's a bad sign for CurrentC, the fledgling mobile payment system in development by a consortium of retailers.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
MCX forbids participating retailers from accepting any competing mobile payment products, will issue “steep” fine if contract broken  —  Apple Pay Runs Afoul of MCX, a Group With a Rival Product  —  One week after its debut, Apple's new mobile wallet is showing promise with consumers.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Unclassified White House network breached by hackers thought to be working for Russia, no system damage or evidence of classified network hack  —  Hackers breach some White House computers  —  Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks …
Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog:
IBM to incorporate Twitter data into their analytics tools, enterprise solutions  —  Changing the way business decisions are made  —  We believe that social data has unlimited value, and near limitless application.  Today, we're taking an important step toward unleashing this value through a new relationship with IBM.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft aims to release Office 16 in second half of 2015; Mac preview and Android tablet versions expected “soon”  —  Microsoft's latest target release date for Office 16: Second half 2015  —  Summary: Microsoft is targeting the second half of calendar 2015 as its latest release target …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Apple exec: Don't expect Apple SIM to show up in iPhones  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) decided to put its Apple SIM card inside its new iPads because it didn't know which wireless carriers its customers would choose and because the company wanted to give its customers more choice, according to an Apple executive.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade  —  Reddit is continuing to expand its presence beyond its wildly popular sharing site — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a service that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft lays off 638 in Seattle area, 3,000 globally, nearly completing its planned 18K cuts  —  Microsoft cuts another 3,000 jobs, finishing last big phase of layoffs … Microsoft this morning cut an additional 3,000 jobs from its workforce around the world, saying it has now completed almost …
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Nintendo on track for its first annual profit in 4 years on strong Mario Wii U sales, weak yen  —  Nintendo beats forecasts on Mario Wii U lift, on track for full-year profit  —  (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co vaulted to an unexpected quarterly operating profit as new game …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt, A “Future-Proofed” Payment Terminal  —  The former head of Google Wallet and longtime PayPal exec, Osama Bedier, is this morning revealing his new company Poynt, a “future-proofed” payment terminal that combines an Android-based tablet with a hardware docking station …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Bitstrips Closes $8M Series B As It Launches Custom Emoji App, Bitmoji  —  What happens when stickers and emoji collide in a bespoke mash-up that uses your own self-image as the canvas?  Bitmoji happens that's what: a new Android and iOS app from personalized comic strips app Bitstrips …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's Greg Joswiak blames iOS 8.0.1 issues on software distribution  —  In a rare interview on Tuesday, Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg “Joz” Joswiak mostly towed the company line, but did reveal that issues with last month's iOS 8.0.1 rollout were caused by software distribution issues.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the over-the-top messaging app intends to launch voice calling services in the first quarter of 2015.  The company, which Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) recently finished acquiring …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple in talks with distributors to sell iPhones in Iran pending relaxed sanctions  —  Apple in Talks With Distributors to Sell iPhone in Iran  —  Apple is in talks with Iranian distributors that could see the iPhone being sold in the country should Western sanctions lift sufficiently, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp's First Half Of 2014 Revenue Was $15M, Net Loss Of $232.5M Was Mostly Issuing Stock  —  Facebook disclosed financials of its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp for the first time today, and it looks like the 600 million user messaging app's revenue is still small.

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