October 5, 2013, 6:25 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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google is building Chrome OS straight into Windows 8  —  Google unveiled its Chrome Apps initiative recently to launch apps that exist outside of the browser and extend its reach into more of a platform, but it looks like the company has a whole lot more planned.
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.
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:
Jonathan Stacke / The Genesis Block:
Analysis of Silk Road's Historical Impact on Bitcoin  —  Silk Road, the online drug bazaar that has eluded authorities and been ingrained in the bitcoin narrative for years, was shut down yesterday.  Ross Ulbricht was named in the court documents outlining Silk Road's activities …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to grow in India with 100 ‘standalone’ stores, store-in-store locations in small cities  —  The Economic Times reports that Apple executives in India recently hosted executives from top retailers in the country and laid out plans to open store-in-store locations and 100 standalone stores in smaller Indian markets:
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Attacking Tor: how the NSA targets users' online anonymity  —  Secret servers and a privileged position on the internet's backbone used to identify users and attack target computers  —  The online anonymity network Tor is a high-priority target for the National Security Agency.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Skype Will Finally Start Syncing Chat Messages Across Devices  —  If you use Skype on your phone and desktop, you know how annoying its inability to effectively keep your chat message status in sync between different machines can be.  After you start Skype on your phone, for example …
Analyst who recommended eToys and Webvan is now Goldman Sachs' head banker for Twitter IPO  —  Twitter's New Top Banker Was a Tech Bubble Clown  —  Anthony Noto just came out of Wall Street retirement for one big score: he's going to lead the Goldman Sachs blitz behind Twitter's IPO …

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