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October 1, 2014, 2:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple to add gold color option to new 9.7" iPads this month, launch 12.9" model next year  —  Apple Said to Add Gold Option to IPad to Goose Sales  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will add a gold color option for its full-size iPads in an effort to boost a category that's posted declining shipments this year …
Robert Sullivan / Vogue:
A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch  —  How Apple's under-the-radar design genius, Jonathan Ive, has found the way to our hearts.  —  I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter's pants, in conversation, nodding.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
This Is The Motorola Nexus 6: A 5.9" QHD Display, 3200mAh+ Battery, Dual Front-Facing Speakers, And More  —  If you've been keeping up with any tech blogs over the past couple of weeks, you know that the next Nexus phone has been a hot topic.  We saw rumored specs and rumored hardware photos …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Sway, a new Office application for creating elegant interactive presentations on the web, now available in preview  —  Microsoft adds new Sway presentation application to the Office family  —  Summary: Microsoft's Sway presentation application, available starting today in preview form …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History  —  Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It's dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks  —  Today, news broke of yet more large-scale credit-card breaches at big-box stores, this time at Albertson's and Supervalu, grocery chains in the American west.  —  The breaches follow in the wake of other recent breaches …
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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
PayPal was excluded from Apple Pay because it partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5's fingerprint reader  —  The Real Reason PayPal Isn't an Apple Pay Preferred Partner  —  Earlier this month, before Apple Pay came out, Bank Innovation wrote that Apple and PayPal had been involved in talks for ... something.
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
German regulator orders Google to limit how it combines user data from multiple services  —  Google Ordered to Change Handling of User Data in Germany  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) was ordered by a German regulator to limit how it combines user data that could be used to find out customers' personal preferences …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Comcast launches cloud DVR in San Francisco, lays foundation for a set-top box-free future  —  Comcast customers in the Bay Area now have two DVRs available to them: One in their living room, one in the cloud.  Eventually, the one in the living room will disappear.
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
iPhone 6 Plus: best phablet, may appeal more than the 6 if you don't mind two-handed usage  —  The iPhone 6 Plus Mini-Review: Apple's First Phablet  —  While we've also written about the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus needs its own review in order to really understand the various features …
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Chinese iOS Trojan Targets Jailbroken iPhones Used by Hong Kong Protesters  —  Lacoon Mobile Security has discovered a new ‘advanced’ Chinese iOS trojan targeting jailbroken iPhone users in Hong Kong, linked to a previous Android spyware app currently being distributed among protesters via a link shared on WhatsApp.
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John Graham-Cumming / CloudFlare:
Inside Shellshock: How hackers are using it to exploit systems  —  On Wednesday of last week, details of the Shellshock bash bug emerged.  This bug started a scramble to patch computers, servers, routers, firewalls, and other computing appliances using vulnerable versions of bash.
Nicky Woolf / Guardian:
Hackers charged with stealing over $100m in US army and Xbox technology  —  Indictment unsealed on Tuesday reveals Department of Justice charged four people in international computer hacking ring  —  Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker  —  StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the operations side of the house some control over Docker instances.

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Microsoft:
The new MSN arrives  —  Over the next 72 hours Microsoft will roll out the new MSN to the more than 425 million people in over 50 countries who come to the site each month.  In addition, people using Windows …
Amazon Web Services:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
A Conversation with Steve Ballmer  —  I got a special treat the other night, the chance to interview Steve Ballmer, the legendary Microsoft CEO-turned-NBA team owner.  The event was part of a series of conversations I've …
Zoho:
Placebo Marketing - Are appearances worth your time?  —  Customers can be naive, fickle, or simply ignorant.  Their choices are heavily biased towards outward appearances.  Why do subtle differences cause so much chaos in your sales?

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