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October 10, 2013, 12:00 PM

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Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Is Said to Warm to Idea of a Breakup  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) Ltd. is more open to a breakup of the company amid concerns that Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (FFH) may be unable to line up funding or partners for a $4.7 billion buyout, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store  —  Amazon.com rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider.  It will rake in about $75 billion this year.  For his book, Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone spoke to hundreds of current and former friends of founder Jeff Bezos.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
How Jeff Bezos Crushed Diapers.com So Amazon Could Buy Diapers.com  —  A day after the New York Times dropped an excerpt of a juicy upcoming book about Twitter, Bloomberg Businessweek has published an excerpt of journalist Brad Stone's book about Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos, due out on Oct. 15.
More: GeekWireTweets: @delrey
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Appears To Be Exploring Personalized Breaking News Notifications With @Eventparrot Experiment  —  Twitter appears to be exploring introducing breaking news notifications tuned for you to its apps, if a new experimental account is any indication.  An account called @eventparrot …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Fitbit Force brings smartwatch features to a fitness tracker  —  Fitbit is making its latest device to quantify your activity, the wrist-worn Force fitness tracker, official today.  The Force is an evolution of the Flex, Fitbit's other wrist-worn tracker, and offers an OLED display and altimeter …
Jason Inofuentes / Ars Technica:
Acer's $249 C720 Chromebook launched: Thinner, longer lasting, and Haswell  —  The Chromebook C720.  —  Acer  —  Chrome OS aficionados have long pined for a Haswell processor to drive one of their Chromebooks, imbuing the line with the longevity they've been missing out on.  That wait has come to an end.
Tim Berners-Lee / W3C Blog:
On Encrypted Video and the Open Web  —  There has been a lot of response to the announcement that W3C considers content protection for video as in-scope for discussion in the HTML Working Group.  In this post I can touch on some of the arguments.  —  We hear the outburst of criticism …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Dropcam Pro launched with better optics, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth for $199 (hands-on)  —  Before 2012, Dropcam was a software outlet famous for integrating its camera tech into other people's hardware.  However, it knew that in order to grow, the company needed to get into the hardware business as well.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony shrinks flagship Z1 smartphone to a more manageable size  —  NTT Docomo has announced the Xperia Z1F, a new Sony smartphone based on this year's Xperia Z1.  The Z1's standout feature was its 20-megapixel camera with a point-and-shoot-sized sensor, but where that model featured a 5-inch 1080p display …
Adam Pasick / qz.com:
Your Playstation 4 may be built by Chinese students in the worst internship ever  —  Updated with comment and detail from Foxconn.  —  Foxconn believes that students are the future, at least judging by its deal with China's Xi'an Institute of Technology to expose more than 1,000 …
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)
John Cook / GeekWire:
VC deal activity hits highest mark since dot-com boom  —  It may feel a little frothy out there in startup land.  And a new report out from CB Insights shows just what's going on.  —  Venture capital deal activity continued to climb in the third quarter as a total of 857 companies raised money during …
More: CB Insights and Xconomy
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Design Quality and Customer Delight as Sustainable Advantages  —  I've been thinking about this piece by Ben Thompson, “What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong in His Theory of Low-End Disruption”, since he published it two weeks ago. … In a sense, there are two rational Apple bear arguments.
More: Fortune, iMore and Tech.pinionsTweets: @panzer
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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