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October 9, 2013, 11:50 PM

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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
“Hatching Twitter” excerpts depict a detached Jack Dorsey who later attempted to recast Twitter's history  —  All Is Fair in Love and Twitter  —  Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco's financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides …
Daniel P. Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile International Data vs. the Competition: Rates Compared  —  Data Cost  —  Voice Calling Cost  —  AT&T  —  $30 per 120MB / $120 per 800MB (Global Add-on Package)  —  $30 / month for $2.00 per minute (Rest of World Plan)  —  Sprint  —  $40 per 40MB / $80 per 85MB (Multi-country Data Roaming)
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Phone 8.1: 7-10 inch screens, no hardware back button, 77% API unity with Windows RT  —  Windows Phone 8.1 Rumors Emerge  —  Yes, we'll get a third Windows Phone 8 update first.  Still....  While Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is right around the corner—and, yes, I'll be writing …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Gets Its Strongest TV Tie-Up So Far, With an Ambitious Comcast Deal  —  Twitter has been trying to buddy up with the TV industry for the past few years.  Now it has its biggest payoff yet: A far-reaching deal with Comcast that aims to turn the social network into a TV-watching service.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Facebook prepares major updates to iPhone apps as top engineer returns to Apple  —  Screenshots of upcoming Facebook Graph Search for iPhone update  —  Facebook is preparing a pair of major updates for its most popular iPhone applications, according to a source familiar with the apps.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gartner: PC shipments slip 8.6% to 80.3m units in Q3 2013, the lowest back-to-school quarter since 2008  —  The PC market continues to fall spectacularly, seeing the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments as well as the lowest back-to-school quarter since 2008.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Board Said to Work on Hiring New CEO This Year  —  Microsoft Corp.'s board is working toward having the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in place by the end of this year and is winnowing a list of candidates, said people with knowledge of the discussions.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com:
Apparently a lot of that TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) talent left BlackBerry Sweden to start a new company called TOPP...  When companies acquire other companies, it's usually for one or more of a few reasons, including: to grow market share (and take out a competitor a long the way), to acquire technology and/or to acquire talent.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
GE teams up with AT&T and Intel to conquer the industrial internet.  Here's its plan.  —  Two years ago GE made some big bets on the internet of things — what it calls the industrial internet.  It opened an office in San Ramone, Calif. and started articulating a vision of connected sensors sending data …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Synaptics moves into fingerprint ID with $255M purchase of startup Validity  —  Synaptics has entered the fast-growing fingerprint identification market with the acquisition of Validity, a maker of sensors used in biometric identification.  Synaptics will pay $255 million in cash and stock over a period of time.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Flickr iOS 7 app now automatically uploads photos to your 1TB of free storage  —  Yahoo is updating its iOS 7 Flickr application today to let iPhone users automatically upload photos to the service.  The latest version will save photos from an iPhone camera roll straight to Flickr in full resolution.
Lora Kolodny / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Smartling Raises $24 Million to Translate Everything Online … While most tech startups are sweating bullets over globalization-from thwarting overseas copycats to mastering pricing in multiple currencies-one company, Smartling Inc., has found a way to profit from it while helping others do so, too.
More: Marketwired and VentureBeatTweets: @asenkut
Rohan Relan / TouchMarks:
iPad Mini and iPad 4 top TouchMarks' touchscreen test ranking for most responsive tablets  —  TouchMarks II: Touchscreen Latencies in Flagship Tablets  —  In our last TouchMarks report, we looked at the touchscreen latencies of the flagship smartphones from different manufacturers.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Foursquare gives out unsolicited tips on iPhone  —  A new feature lets some members go about their lives, phone in pocket, and get alerts when the service finds something interesting for them to eat, see, or do nearby.  —  Foursquare is releasing a new version of its application for iPhone …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Rogers Agrees to Carry BlackBerry's Newest Flagship Phone  —  Looks like Rogers Communications will sell the BlackBerry Z30 after all.  —  A week after announcing its decision to forgo BlackBerry's latest flagship phone, the Canadian wireless carrier has reversed course following outcry from its customers.

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