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October 10, 2013, 7:45 PM

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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.
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry Co-Founders Lazaridis, Fregin Mulling Bid to Buy Back Company  —  BlackBerry co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is considering taking a run at his former company with fellow co-founder Doug Fregin.  —  According to a regulatory filing released Thursday …
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter 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 has garnered around 1,500 followers …
AllThingsD:
Vivian Schiller Is a Lock as Twitter's Head of News  —  Vivian Schiller, NBC News' SVP and chief digital officer, is being tapped for Twitter's head of news position, according to sources familiar with the matter.  AllThingsD reported last week that she was the leading pick for the high-profile job.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls  —  “Who can look up your Timeline by name?”  Anyone you haven't blocked.  Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they'll be searchable.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Cutting iPhone 5c Production as Chinese Gray Market Prices Drop  —  Apple is reportedly cutting iPhone 5c production in half from 300,000 units to 150,000 units per day, according to claims by C Technology [Google Translate], which leaked a number of photos of the iPhone 5s …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Broadcasters Will Petition Supreme Court to Review Aereo Case (Exclusive)  —  Justices will have to choose between taking case or letting legal proceedings play out further  —  Broadcasters plan to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings that have allowed Aereo …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab  —  In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA.  It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring …
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Bye, Bye Cookie: Microsoft Plots Its Own Tracking Technology to Span Desktop, Mobile, Xbox  —  Redmond Joins Google, Apple, Amazon and Others In Plotting the Cookie's Demise  —  Microsoft is set to become the latest tech giant to develop its own tracking technology to replace the ubiquitous …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android  —  Google TV is dead, long live Android TV: Three years after launching the first generation of Google TV devices, Google is now looking to rid itself of the brand and realign its smart TV platform efforts more closely with Android.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Photo-Sharing Service Familiar Gets Acquired By Taser's Evidence.com For An Enterprise Turn, After Offers From Twitter And More  —  The consumerization of enterprise services is one of the more persistent trends in the world of IT today, and today it's gaining yet more ground by way of an acquisition …

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