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October 30, 2014, 12:45 PM

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:
Tim Cook publicly acknowledges he's gay, says giving up his personal privacy is worthwhile if he can help someone who is struggling  —  Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.  I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself.
Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Health announced: a platform that works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, and more; app available for Windows Phone, 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: wearable tracks health, shows emails and tweets; available for $199 in US today  —  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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google  —  When Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh said Tuesday that the Lenovo deal was nearly done, he wasn't kidding.  —  Lenovo officially completed its $2.9 billion deal with Google early Thursday.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
YouTube Finally Supports 60FPS, And It Looks Awesome  —  Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second—plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games.  Today, the video network has finally started rolling out the new service …
Joe Rossignol / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi overtakes LG to become world's third-largest smartphone maker  —  The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has surpassed Huawei and LG to become the third-largest smartphone maker in the world.  Xiaomi has been making impressive strides since …
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.
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Instagram's Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands  —  Disney, Activision and Banana Republic among early buyers  —  After six months of testing, Instagram's video ads are officially here.  —  Instagram, owned by Facebook has deals to show 15-second autoplay spots from Disney …
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.
More: CNET and NEWS.com.au
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 …
More: BuzzFeed and The Next WebTweets: @rsarver
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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google Play Movies & TV app gets redesign, second-screen experience w/ actor & soundtrack info  —  Google today announced that it's rolling out an updated Google Play Movies & TV app for Android that introduces a second-screen experience when streaming TV shows and movies to a Chromecast or Nexus Player-connected TV.
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Nintendo and ResMed are developing non-wearable bedside sleep and fatigue tracker, plan to release it before end of March 2016  —  Nintendo to develop device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO  —  Nintendo signage is displayed at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor  —  E-commerce design startup Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as give its artists a platform for creating new storefronts.
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
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 …

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