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October 8, 2013, 4:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eduard Kovacs / Softpedia News:
Avira Confirms Network Solutions Has Been Hacked  —  Palestinian hackers of KDSM Team have managed to deface several high-profile websites, including the ones of AVG, Avira and WhatsApp.  Moments ago, Avira representatives have confirmed for Softpedia that this is a case of DNS hijacking.
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 …
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 …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
PayPal Unveils Yet Another Way to Pay in Stores.  Now It Has to Get People to Use It.  —  Another day, another announcement of a product aimed at getting shoppers to buy stuff in retail stores using an app on their phone instead of a physical credit card or cash.
New Yorker:
How Lavabit Melted Down  —  On August 8th, Lavabit, newly famous for being the secure e-mail service used by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, went dark.  Its owner and operator, Ladar Levison, replaced its home page with a message: “I cannot share my experiences …
More: GigaOM, TechPresident and The VergeTweets: @cmdrtaco
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zulily files for $100M IPO — reveals $331M in 2012 revenue, 2.2M active customers  —  Fast-growing Zulily is looking to take the IPO plunge.  —  The Seattle company, which sells clothes, toys and accessories for babies, kids and moms, today filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.
More: AllThingsD and TechCrunchThanks:@toddbishop
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Enterproid Lands Another $12 Million, Led by Google Ventures, to Help Manage Corporate Mobile Devices  —  Enterproid, which helps businesses manage their mobile devices, is announcing on Tuesday that it has landed a further $12 million in funding to help it in its effort to nab more corporate customers.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intel's Internet of Things roadmap led by low-power chips  —  Summary: Intel has published a new roadmap for low-power processors embedded with software from McAfee and Wind River.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Intel tapped into some of the bigger brands under its umbrella for a number …

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