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October 11, 2013, 5:50 PM

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Google:
Terms of Service update  —  We are updating the Google Terms of Service.  The new Terms will go live on November 11, 2013 and you can read them here.  —  Because many of you are allergic to legalese, here's a plain English summary for your convenience.  —  We've made three changes:
New York Times:
Google updates ToS allowing inclusion of users' names, photos and comments in web ads  —  Google Sets Plan to Sell Users' Endorsements  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, following in Facebook's footsteps, wants to sell users' endorsements to marketers to help them hawk their wares.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apps on iPhone 5s Crashing at Twice the Rate as on Other iPhone 5 Models  —  Whenever there is a new operating system, it's not surprising to see apps crash at a somewhat higher rate, given all the changes.  —  But one of the interesting things in Apple's latest iPhone transition …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
iPhone 5S users report ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ reboots  —  Apple's latest iPhone 5S has an unexpected feature: the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD).  While it's typically an error found on older Windows PCs, a number of iPhone 5S users are reporting random reboots on their handsets following a BSOD.
Mercury News:
Apple's new headquarters: Exclusive images of Cupertino plan  —  The Mercury News was given an exclusive look at a model of Apple Computer's circular new corporate headquarters, proposed to be built on a 175-acre plot of land bounded by North Wolfe Road and East Homestead Road.
Reuters:
Sony to focus on Europe and Japan smartphone markets, leaves US and China for the future  —  Without grand plans for China, U.S., Sony set to lag in smartphones  —  (Reuters) - Kazuo Hirai's plan to restore Sony Corp to lasting profitability rests in large part on its smartphones leapfrogging rivals …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T to streamline traditional voice plans in favor of Mobile Share on October 25th  —  AT&T is planning to axe its traditional monthly calling and data plans for new customers — both individual and family — in favor of the network's latest shared data options, Engadget has learned …
Ryan Gallagher / Guardian:
Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA  —  Ten years ago, the calling service had a reputation as a tool for evading surveillance but now it is under scrutiny for covertly passing data to government agencies  —  Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner …
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Sheryl Sandberg: The real story  —  The motorcade that snaked through 1 Hacker Way earlier this year surprised even jaded Facebook employees, who are used to on-campus celebrity sightings and visits from politicians and world leaders.  So a few days later, at the question-and-answer session …
More: SiliconBeatTweets: @nytimesbits
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Amazon Is Courting YouTube Networks for Short-Video Push  —  E-commerce Giant Widely Considered YouTube's Biggest Threat  —  Not content to contend only with Netflix and Hulu for long-form video content like movies and TV shows, Amazon is exploring a push into the short-form territory dominated by YouTube.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Best Buy offering between $200 and $350 for Microsoft Surface trade-ins  —  As it has previously done for iPads, Best Buy is now running a trade-in promotion for Microsoft's Surface tablet.  The retailer is guaranteeing that customers will receive a gift card worth at least $200 when they trade …
Jacob Kleinman / TechnoBuffalo:
Leaked Nexus 5 Photos Show Mobile Payments on Android 4.4 KitKat  —  With the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat expected to launch as soon as Oct. 15, we can't go a day at this point without seeing a fresh batch of leaked photos.  Today, Italian site TuttoAndroid managed to gets its hands …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Lavabit's appeal: We're actually not required to wiretap our own users  —  The message greeting visitors to lavabit.com.  —  Ladar Levison shuttered his 10-year-old secure e-mail business in August, citing cryptic threats from the government.  Last week, the documents in his case were unsealed …
More: ZDNetTweets: @youranonnews
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Instagram no longer lets users disable video autoplay, a small but important step towards ads  —  Instagram announced earlier this month that it will begin serving in-feed advertising before the end of the year, and the Facebook-owned photo and video app has made a subtle, but important …
Russ Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Ff Venture Capital Touts Fundraising Under New SEC Rules as Most VCs Hold Back  —  A small New York firm, ff Venture Capital, will finish raising its third fund using new rules permitting it to advertise the offering, looking to become a leader of what it says will be a revolution in venture capital fundraising.

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