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September 27, 2013, 6:00 PM

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Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Apple Feature to Turn MLB Stadiums Into Interactive Playgrounds  —  Major League Baseball is launching a major initiative to make attending games at stadiums a completely interactive experience for fans.  —  Taking advantage of Apple's iBeacon indoor mapping, a new feature in iOS 7 …
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 …
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.
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Delta to Distribute Surface 2 to Pilots  —  Original plan was to use the Nokia Windows RT tablet  —  Delta will distribute Microsoft Surface 2 tablets to its pilots and not Nokia's “Sirius” tablet as originally planned.  The move comes in the wake of a deal to distribute Nokia Lumia 820 smart phones …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft now wants to buy your iPhone for at least $200  —  After offering at least $200 for an iPad, Microsoft is now looking to buy iPhones for the same price or more.  The company's latest promotion at its Microsoft Stores, which was previously rumored, will run until November 3rd …
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 …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Apple's German patent suit shut down by a 2007 video of Steve Jobs  —  A German court has declared an early Apple photo-management patent invalid because of evidence in a video in which Steve Jobs presented the original iPhone back in January 2007.  —  Apple had won injunctions against both Samsung …
Walter Frick / Harvard Business Review:
If Crowdfunding is the New Day Trading, Look Out  —  Paul Volcker famously said the only financial innovation to improve society in recent memory was the ATM.  Not everyone agrees.  In an essay earlier this week on the evolution of money and finance, GigaOM founder and venture capitalist Om Malik argued …
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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.
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.
More: The Register and ZDNet
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Liftopia, An E-Commerce Platform For Ski Resorts, Raises Additional $5 Million  —  Last year, online ski marketplace Liftopia, which previously focused on offering skiers discounted lift tickets, launched an e-commerce platform for the ski resorts themselves called “Cloud Store by Liftopia.”
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 …

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