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October 4, 2013, 6:10 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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft in talks with HTC to add Windows Phone to Android models at little or no cost  —  Microsoft Said to Ask HTC to Put Windows on More Phones  —  Microsoft Corp. is talking to HTC about adding its Windows operating system to HTC's Android-based smartphones at little or no cost …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to promote Mac Apps for education and enterprise with new volume purchase program  —  Apple has informed Mac developers that it is preparing to launch the ability for educational institutions and developers to purchase apps from the Mac App Store in volume for a discount.
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
General Assembly Will Close Its Co-Working Space In New York Next Year, Affecting 100 People  —  General Assembly, one of New York's greatest co-working spaces, is closing that part of its business in 2014, Business Insider has learned.  —  General Assembly's co-working space in New York …

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