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October 30, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:
Tim Cook publicly acknowledges he's gay, describes a deeper understanding of minorities, says the “rhinoceros” skin he's grown is “handy” as Apple CEO  —  Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.
Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Health, a platform including a cloud service announced, works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, more; app available for Android, iOS  —  Introducing Microsoft Health  —  Today we're announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health.  Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft Band announced, a wearable that tracks health, shows emails, tweets; available for $199 in US tomorrow  —  Microsoft's health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker  —  Microsoft Health, the Microsoft Band, and a plan to unite the world  —  Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS' Share  —  Spare a thought for Microsoft, a relative newcomer to the mobile making business, after Redmond completed its $7.2BN+ acquisition of former European mobile making powerhouse Nokia earlier this year.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung's Q3 profit drops 60% YoY to $3.9 billion, mobile division profit down 74% YoY  —  Samsung's Q3 financials show ongoing struggles in mobile  —  The Korean electronics giant posts a 74 percent drop in its mobile business operating profits during the September period.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Lenovo announces 13" Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows, available November, prices start at $699.99  —  Lenovo adds a 13-inch Windows tablet to the Yoga mix  —  Not content with launching five Yoga-branded tablets earlier this month, Lenovo has added a sixth device to its range.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
MPAA, movie theaters announce “zero tolerance” policy against wearables  —  A movie theater industry group and the Motion Picture Association of America updated their anti-piracy policies and said that “wearable devices” must be powered off at show time.  —  “Individuals who fail or refuse …
TechCrunch:
MCX: open to switching from QR codes to NFC and non-exclusivity; reported hack only occurred at email provider  —  MCX Says QR Payments App Will Pivot To NFC If Necessary, Won't Fine Retailers Who Break Exclusivity  —  In a virtual press conference today, MCX's CEO Dekkers Davidson said “We're agnostic about technology.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Vodafone and EE begin LTE-A rollout in the UK  —  UK joins world's fastest mobile internet club with next generation 4G+ rollout  —  EE joins Vodafone with mobile data speeds five times faster than average UK broadband in London, with Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool added in 2015
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area  —  In its first big move beyond home cleaning, Homejoy is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area.  —  Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Autodesk puts up $100M fund for 3D printing companies  —  Autodesk is seeking both hardware and software companies to receive a chunk of the fund, with an eye on fostering the 3D printing company as a whole.  —  Autodesk is gearing up to release its open-source 3D printer and accompanying software …
More: ZDNet
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Taiwanese smart energy startup Gogoro, led by former HTC exec, is close to raising $150M, promises product unveil at CES  —  Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive  —  Horace Luke, Gogoro's CEO.  —  Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning …
More: Re/code and SlashGear
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook open-sources OSquery, a security tool to monitor OS processes, network connections  —  Facebook, Google, and the Rise of Open Source Security Software  —  Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan says that people like Mike Arpala are hard to find.
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Replaces Mobile Division Head  —  Hiroki Totoki Has Been Widely Viewed as Instrumental in Sony's Structural Reforms  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. on Thursday named Senior Vice President Hiroki Totoki as the new head of its mobile division, the electronics giant's latest move to prop up its struggling smartphone business.
Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog:
IBM to incorporate Twitter data into its 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.

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