October 8, 2013, 12:20 PM

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Samsung Loses Bid for Presidential Veto of Apple-Won Import Ban  —  Samsung Electronics Co. must stop importing certain models of its smartphones and tablet computers after President Barack Obama's administration let stand a ban won by Apple Inc. in a patent-infringement dispute.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Nest Gives the Lowly Smoke Detector a Brain — And a Voice  —  One day in June, about 20 engineers and managers at the startup company Nest went on a field trip.  They didn't need to pack a lunch.  Their destination: a storage closet near the bathrooms at their new headquarters in Palo Alto.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Nest unveils its $129 Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, available from November  —  Connected home provider Nest is expanding its offering as launches a new product designed to redefine what you come to expect out of appliances in your domicile.  On sale this November …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office for iPad will debut after Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows version  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed that the company is planning to bring Office to the iPad with a touch user interface.  Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida today, Ballmer said “iPad will be picked up when there's a touch first user interface.”
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Google announces HP Chromebook 11 for $279, we go hands-on  —  Today Google announced some new hardware: the HP Chromebook 11.  Priced at $279, this 11-incher is available today, and we've already spent had a change to get our hands on several units.  —  The laptop is sleek and attractive …
iTunes Radio to reach UK and Canada before Pandora, also expanding to Australia and NZ in early 2014  —  Apple Said to Expand ITunes Radio to U.K. Before Pandora  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to expand iTunes Radio to English-speaking countries outside the U.S. by early 2014 …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Meltdowns Hobble NSA Data Center  —  Investigators Stumped by What's Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment  —  Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mail Gets Cross-Platform Themes, 1TB of Storage, ‘Mail Plus’ Features For All And Better ‘Conversations’  —  Yahoo is updating its Mail app across all platforms with a fresh design that includes syncing themes, a new compose experience, collapsible toolbar and better handling of threaded conversations.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too  —  Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Early Apple designer and Frog Design founder Hartmut Esslinger on 4 areas ripe for innovation  —  The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends  —  Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.  The founder of the influential design consultancy Frog started working …
More: Co.Design
Steven A. Ballmer / Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer's final shareholder letter: “We are still in the early days of our transformation”  —  Shareholder Letter  —  TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS, CUSTOMERS, PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES: This is a unique letter for me — the last shareholder letter I will write as the CEO of the company I love.
Sean Silcoff / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry, Kik Interactive settle lawsuit over instant-messaging app  —  BlackBerry Ltd. has settled its lawsuit against Kik Interactive, a company started by one of its former co-op students which developed a rival instant messaging application to its BlackBerry Messenger that eventually surpassed it in popularity.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC teases One Max in October 16th event invitation (update: global launch October 15th)  —  With all the recent leaks, it's no surprise that the launch for the HTC One Max is just around the corner.  According to an invitation we just received from HTC Taiwan, the company will be hosting …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Basis bags $12M for health-tracking watch amid growing competition in wearable tech  —  Seven months after announcing an $11.5 million Series B round of funding, Basis Science is filling its coffers once again.  On Tuesday, the startup behind the Basis health-tracking wristwatch …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Those Giant Fox News Touchscreens Are Microsoft Perceptive Pixel Displays Running Windows 8  —  Huge iPads or tiny journalists?  That's the question that many are asking after Fox News released a video detailing a new set that includes a number of analysts sat before massive touch interfaces.
Frank Konkel / Federal Computer Week:
Judge rules for Amazon Web Services over IBM in CIA cloud case  —  Amazon Web Services scored a major victory against IBM in the battle to build the cloud computing infrastructure for the CIA, NSA and the rest of the intelligence community.  —  On Oct. 7, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google chairman Eric Schmidt's next book will tell you how to lead a tech company  —  Eric Schmidt will reveal stories and advice from how he led Google for a decade in an upcoming book.  The former Google CEO's first book, The New Digital Age, was just released this past April …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Fox, Sinclair and Local TV file suit against Aereo in Utah  —  This post has been updated.  Please see details below.  —  The fight over Aereo is moving to Utah.  —  On Monday afternoon, Fox Broadcasting Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group and Local TV filed suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
The Radeon R9 280X Review: Feat.  Asus & XFX - Meet The Radeon 200 Series  —  A little less than 2 years ago AMD launched their latest generation of video card products, the Radeon HD 7000 series.  Based on the brand-new TSMC 28nm process, these have been some of the most successful AMD products in years …

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