October 1, 2013, 5:05 PM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Note 3's benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20%  —  We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact.  A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly specced LG G2 makes it clear …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Galaxy Note 3 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  The Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S Smartphones are flagship products for Samsung to show off its latest and greatest OLED display technology.  The Galaxy Note 3 has the newest generation of OLED display technology.
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review  —  I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note.  At that point in time it wasn't really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to be in the future, nor just how close to the smartphone market was becoming a mature one.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Surface chief: ‘Multiple aspect ratios and sizes’ are in the works  —  Panos Panay was literally on the floor when I walked into Microsoft's Seattle store last night.  —  The vice president responsible for the company's Surface tablets was on his back, with a crowd of people around him …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Gear review: poor software and design overshadow decent camera and speakerphone  —  Samsung Galaxy Gear review  —  The perfect companion for your life companion?  —  If you've ever seen a cycling race, you'll know that leading from the front isn't always a great idea.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Claire Davenport / Reuters:
Google offer may end search engine case, says EU antitrust chief  —  (Reuters) - Google's latest offer to modify its Internet search engine offers the prospect of ending a long-running European Union competition probe, the bloc's top antitrust official said on Tuesday.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
FreedomPop launches its smartphone VoIP service, giving away 200 minutes each month  —  Mobile broadband provider FreedomPop has officially become a full-fledged mobile operator.  On Tuesday it started selling its first smartphone, the HTC Evo Design, and began offering its first voice …
Brad Feld / Foundry Group:
Foundry Group forms AngelList Syndicate — “The best way to really understand it is to participate”  —  AngelList - Do Or Do Not, There is No Try  —  Yesterday, at our weekly Monday (sushi, sometimes tacos) lunch, we talked about AngelList.
Icahn Pushes Apple CEO for $150 Billion Share Buyback  —  Carl Icahn, who disclosed a $1 billion stake in Apple Inc. (AAPL) in August, said he had dinner with Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and “pushed hard” for a $150-billion share buyback.  —  Talks will continue in about three weeks …
Google Said to Avoid U.S. Antitrust Challenge Over Waze  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), owner of the world's largest search engine, won't be challenged by U.S. antitrust regulators over its purchase of mapping application Waze, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Federal Trade Commission …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Scribd moves beyond document sharing with $8.99/month ebook subscription service  —  There must be something in the water: Just under a month after startup Oyster launched a Netflix-like subscription service for ebooks, the six-year-old document sharing site Scribd officially rolled out its own ebook subscription service on Tuesday.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Twitter Platform Chief Sarver Joins Redpoint as Partner  —  Ryan Sarver, Twitter's former director of platform, who left the company in May, is joining Redpoint Ventures as a partner.  —  Sarver joined Twitter in 2009, after working at Skyhook Wireless and, previous to that, having founded real estate startup Blue Trim.
Joab Jackson / PC World:
IBM acquiring LTE analyzer Now Factory  —  Expanding its portfolio of data analysis services to better accommodate the mobile market, IBM is acquiring Dublin-based Now Factory, which offers customer usage analysis services and software for wireless telecommunications providers.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Qualcomm Now Has a Foot in All the Wireless Charging Camps  —  Qualcomm, which has been a major backer of the Alliance for Wireless Power, is now also taking part in two rival wireless-charging-standards efforts.  —  On Friday, the company announced that it had joined the Wireless Power Consortium board …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T attempts to out-Google Google in Austin fiber race  —  The telco says it will begin offering its “GigaPower” service to Austin and surrounding areas this year, with further expansion and a 1-gigabit connection planned in 2014.  But how much will it cost?  —  AT&T wants to get a leg up on Google Fiber.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
YouTube Music Awards hit NYC Nov. 3, blend mainstream artists and internet stars (video)  —  The alternate reality of Youtube — where locally unknown but internet famous entertainers with millions of subscribers grab a spot next to widely recognizable mainstream artists …

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