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September 27, 2013, 3:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires one of Nike's top Fuel Band designers to work on wearable devices  —  Apple has lured away top Nike design director Ben Shaffer, according to a source at Nike with knowledge of the details behind Shaffer's departure.  At Nike, Shaffer was the Studio Director of the Innovation Kitchen.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google Glass XE10 update to finally open the door to Glassware apps  —  Google Glass is about to get one of its biggest updates yet.  That's right, Glass is finally getting the long-awaited ability for users to install third party apps.  —  Google's wearable computer has improved dramatically since …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ballmer bids tearful farewell to Microsoft, promises it will ‘deliver the next big thing’  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer bid farewell to employees today at his final company meeting as CEO.  After announcing his intentions to retire within the next 12 months, Ballmer's speech today was clearly an emotional moment for him personally.
Bloomberg:
HTC to Sell Back Stake in Beats Electronics for $265 Million  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone vendor whose stock has plunged 90 percent since 2011, is selling its remaining stake in headphone maker Beats Electronics LLC for $265 million.  —  HTC will close the sale …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Intel Pushes Internet TV Launch to 2014 as It Seeks Partners: Source  —  Netflix among potential partners with desired ‘synergies’ the chipmaker has approached  —  Intel's launch of an over-the-top TV service that would compete with cable and satellite giants will be delayed until 2014 …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Wall Street Journal:
John Thompson, the Man Picking Microsoft's Next CEO  —  John Thompson, Lead Independent Director, Vows Not to Be ‘Pawn’ for Gates  —  Plenty of people wanted to buttonhole Steve Ballmer last week after what was probably his final analysts meeting as Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Reports $1.6B In Revenue And A $965M Loss In Q2 2014  —  Things have been looking awfully bleak for BlackBerry lately, and today the company revealed just how rough things have gotten in its newest earnings release.  In fiscal Q2 2014, BlackBerry raked in a measly $1.6 billion in revenue …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Received 37,196 Gov Requests For Data Impacting 66,539 Accounts In First Half Of 2013  —  Today Microsoft reported the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the first half of (calendar) 2013: 37,196.  Those requests dealt with, at most, 66,539 accounts.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook is tweaking its News Feed ads algorithm to consider user feedback, including what you report or hide  —  Facebook today announced it is tweaking its News Feed algorithm in the coming weeks to show fewer annoying and irrelevant ads.  Specifically, the company says it is placing …
Associated Press:
France sanctions Google for breaking privacy rules  —  PARIS — France says it will fine Google (GOOG) more than $400,000 for breaking rules on data privacy.  —  The French agency that regulates information technology says Google hadn't satisfactorily responded to its June decision giving …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S. officials dodge questions on scope of surveillance  —  U.S. officials declined to directly answer lawmakers' questions on Thursday about the full scope of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' data, including whether it has ever sought to acquire large volumes of cellphone location information or other records.
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
As expected, FAA panel recommends easing ban on electronic devices during takeoff and landing  —  Panel backs easing electronic device use on planes … WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee recommended Thursday that airline passengers be allowed to use smartphones …

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