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October 14, 2015, 1:50 PM

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Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:
Uber launches on-demand delivery service UberRush, goes live in Chicago and San Francisco  —  Uber Expands Its Same-Day Delivery Service: 'It's No Longer an Experiment'  —  Local delivery is one of the most crowded spaces in tech right now, and ride-hailing giant Uber wants a piece of it.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Twitter appoints former Google chief business officer Omid Kordestani as executive chairman  —  Twitter names Omid Kordestani as executive chairman  —  Twitter named Omid Kordestani, Google's chief business officer, as its new executive chairman on Wednesday.
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Jury finds Apple infringes University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation patents on chip technology, faces $862M in damages  —  Apple loses patent lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, faces hefty damages  —  Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Loan Platform Kabbage Raises $135M At A $1B Valuation, Grows Credit Line to $900M  —  Kabbage — the online platform that loans money to businesses and individuals using a wide set of online data and algorithms to measure credit-worthiness — is growing once more.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Lays Off 200, 20% Of Staff, As It Shifts From Deals To ‘Experiences’  —  Its been crunch time for daily deals sites for a while now, and today one of the bigger and older of those platforms is announcing a round of layoffs as it looks to cut costs, reorganise its operations, and push itself into profitability.
FiveThirtyEight:
Study finds Uber displacing cabs in Manhattan, supplementing them in outer boroughs, not increasing city congestion  —  Uber Is Taking Millions Of Manhattan Rides Away From Taxis  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took aim at Uber this summer, trying (and failing) …
Ben Kepes / Computerworld:
EverString raises $65M to deliver predictive analytics to B2B  —  One of the more generously funded areas in the technology industry is predictive analytics.  Depending on your perspective that is either a frothy bubble just waiting to burst or an indication of a massive market opportunity that people are jumping to get on board with.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
How Apple designs, prototypes, and tests Macintosh accessories inside its Input Design Lab  —  What I Saw Inside Apple's Top-Secret Input Lab  —  An exclusive look at how Macintosh accessories are prototyped and tested  —  Insiders call it Vallco Parkway.
Jay Greene / The Seattle Times:
Amazon shuts down Destinations hotel booking service six months after launching it  —  Amazon closes its Destinations travel service  —  The service was launched just six months ago, selling close-to-home vacations and featuring destinations within a customer's driving distance.

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