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October 4, 2013, 10:15 PM

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Fred Vogelstein / New York Times:
And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’  —  The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.  The journey mostly zips along the Junipero Serra Freeway, a grand and remarkably empty highway that abuts the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Former Apple Engineer Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Original iPhone Introduction  —  Just ahead of the second anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, Fred Vogelstein has published a piece in The New York Times that gives a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the work that went …
Guardian:
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users  —  • Top-secret documents detail repeated efforts to crack Tor  —  • Tool funded by US government and relied on by dissidents and activists  —  • Core security of network remains intact but NSA has some success attacking users' computers
Guardian:
‘Tor Stinks’ presentation - read the full document  —  Top-secret presentation says ‘We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time’ but ‘with manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users’
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook reflects on second anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing in letter to employees  —  On the eve of the second anniversary of the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reflected on the moment in a company-wide email.  A source has provided a copy:
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Here are the secret edits Twitter made to its IPO filing, hoping investors wouldn't notice  —  Twitter secretly submitted four drafts of its IPO prospectus to regulators before making public the version that drew so much attention yesterday.  The changes made in the interim expose concerns …
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
iPhone 5C's price cut to $50 at Best Buy through Monday just two weeks after launch  —  Best Buy Drops the Price of iPhone 5c to $50 … Just two weeks after hitting the market, Best Buy will begin offering a discount on Apple's iPhone 5c.  From today, Oct. 3, to Monday, Oct. 7, the iPhone 5c will be available for $50.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Cisco, Google, SAP discussing BlackBerry bids - sources  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd, on the block as its smartphone business struggles, is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google Inc and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself, several sources close to the matter said.
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Voiceover actor Susan Bennett of Georgia revealed as the original US Siri voice  —  'I'm the original voice of Siri'  —  Sandy Springs, Georgia (CNN) — For the past two years, she's been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans.  She's starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Apple officially appeals in ebook pricing case  —  Apple has filed its appeal against federal judge Denise Cote's verdict in the ebook pricing case.  Apple seeks to overturn Judge Cote's July verdict that it conspired with publishers to fix ebook prices, as well as the September 6 injunction …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
iCloud Alternative Loom Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round  —  A startup called Loom, which begin its life as the Y Combinator-backed photo-sharing startup Popset, is working to build a better iCloud for both consumers and developers.  Currently, the company offers a cloud storage and syncing service …

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