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October 9, 2013, 10:15 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
NSA uses FOXACID system to select and serve exploits to predetermined targets  —  The NSA's New Risk Analysis  —  As I recently reported in the Guardian, the NSA has secret servers on the Internet that hack into other computers, codename FOXACID.  These servers provide an excellent demonstration …
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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Here's What a Pinterest Ad Looks Like  —  Pinterest today started its preannounced test of “promoted pins,” a.k.a. the first-ever revenue-generating product for the company valued at $2.5 billion.  —  Well, not so fast on the revenue front.  Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said in September …
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.

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Smartsheet:
Gartner research vice president Mike Gotta to present at Smartsheet ENGAGE  —  Gotta will discuss why collaborative work management is increasingly essential for business at Smartsheet's annual customer conference Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Seattle.
TWiT.tv:
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Google Fi:
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Zoho:
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Ingram Micro:
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Intel:
The field of opportunity for AI is immense—does your CPU have AI Inside?  —  Here are three questions every technology buyer should be asking of their AI tech supplier.

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