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October 10, 2013, 10:30 AM

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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.
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: GigaOMTweets: @delrey
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.
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 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 …
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)
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 …
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 …
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.
Elizabeth Guider / Hollywood Reporter:
MIPCOM: Al Jazeera to Launch Online Global News Net  —  The Doha-based news network will focus on English service first.  —  CANNES - Qatar-based news operation Al Jazeera will go live online with a 24-hour news, current affairs and human interest channel in early 2014 called Al Jazeera Plus.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Makes A Play For Startups With Its AWS Activate Service Bundle And Support Network  —  Amazon's AWS cloud services division has become one of the go-to places for startups looking for hosting and other services for their apps and other business.  Today, Amazon redoubled its efforts …
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
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 …
Klint Finley / Wired:
CenturyLink to expand its forthcoming gigabit fiber internet service into Las Vegas this fall  —  Super-Speed Internet Rolls Into Las Vegas  —  CenturyLink — the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S. — announced today that it will expand its forthcoming gigabit fiber internet service into Las Vegas this fall.

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