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October 23, 2014, 5:20 AM

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Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter's new SDK Fabric represents an audacious plan to live inside every app  —  Twitter's Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps  —  Twitter is releasing a new software development kit today at its developer's conference.  It's called Fabric.  It does lots of very pretty things …
Jeff Seibert / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter introduces Fabric, an SDK for mobile developers  —  Introducing Fabric  —  Today at Flight, we announced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that makes it easy for developers to build great apps.  —  The Fabric platform is made of three modular kits that address some of the most common …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Twitter's Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop  —  Twitter is looking to have its Google moment, the time when the tech giant began pushing to become more than just an Internet search engine.  —  For Twitter, this means staking a claim on the mobile universe as smartphones …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter's Digits enables users of third-party apps to sign up using just their phone number  —  Inside Twitter's ambitious plan to kill the password  —  As he traveled the world last year as part of a user research project, Michael Ducker noticed a problem.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter's new Fabric SDK extends the company's reach in China, is already being used by Alibaba and Baidu  —  Twitter's Developer Tools Put Company Deeper Into China  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is finding new ways to get into China, where its microblogging service is blocked.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google aims to reinvent email with Inbox, a marriage of Gmail and Google Now, currently invite-only  —  Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google  —  The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them.
iFixit:
iPad Air 2 Teardown  —  Step 1 — iPad Air 2 Teardown Just add air?  That would be too easy.  Apple has packaged all kinds of revised hardware into its thinnest tablet yet: Fully laminated, 9.7" IPS Multi-Touch LCD with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 ppi and antireflective coating A8X 64-bit CPU …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg gives 30-minute public interview in Chinese at Tsinghua University  —  Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind  —  Think you're too busy to learn another language?  Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category  —  Peak Google  —  Despite the hype about disruption, the truth is most tech giants, particularly platform providers, are not so much displaced as they are eclipsed.  IBM, for example …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price  —  When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as “iPad day.”  Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show.
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @stevekovach and @lessien
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device  —  Late in 2012, when Tim Cook was relatively fresh on the job as Apple's chief executive, he made a sudden and potentially risky shuffle in the firm's executive ranks.  He fired Scott Forstall, who had been in charge of Apple's mobile operating system …
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @nytimes
Maeve Duggan / Pew Internet:
Pew survey: 40% of US internet users have experienced online harassment, 18% in severe form  —  Online Harassment  —  Summary of Findings  —  Harassment—from garden-variety name calling to more threatening behavior— is a common part of online life that colors the experiences of many web users.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
New Nintendo 3DS review: vastly improved performance and 3D effect, but unusably bad cameras and outdated display tech  —  New Nintendo 3DS review  —  Portable games consoles are still a thing.  —  As the Wii U flounders, it's almost easy to forget that Nintendo has another console plugging away …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Windows 10 to get two-factor authentication built-in  —  Microsoft is continuing its crusade to get CIOs interested in Windows 10, touting new security features that include two-factor authentication built directly into the OS.  —  The effort to bake two-factor authentication into Windows 10 …
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo: Tumblr to Make Over $100 Million in Revenue Next Year  —  Tumblr is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue in 2015 thanks to a growing user base and a successful introduction of sponsored advertising, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said Tuesday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach  —  The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital.
Sam Sabri / Windows Phone Central:
Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December  —  The free Xbox Music streaming you've been enjoying on Windows 8.1 and on the web will be discontinued on December 1st, 2014.  This doesn't impact you if you're using the Xbox Music Pass …

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Garage: Exploring and creating cross-platform consumer apps  —  Take a look at what's happening now in The Garage, Microsoft's haven for über geeks who are constantly thinking and tinkering.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Meet Zoho Subscriptions: One stop shop to run your subscriptions business.  —  Since the early part of the decade, we have witnessed a drastic shift in the way businesses function.

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