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October 14, 2013, 11:25 AM

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Announces Update 3 For Windows Phone 8 With Larger Screens, More Live Tiles, Coming This Year  —  Today Microsoft announced its third update to Windows Phone 8.  This is the set of new features and upgrades that will carry the smartphone platform through the holiday sales cycle.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft bypasses carriers to deliver early Windows Phone updates  —  Microsoft may have only just announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3, but the company plans to start delivering it to developers later today.  After over a year in the making, Microsoft is finally launching its Windows Phone Preview for developers.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix in talks with cable providers to make its service available on set-top boxes  —  Netflix Pursues Cable-TV Deals  —  Online Video Service Would Be Available on Set-Top Boxes - Netflix Inc. is in talks with several U.S. pay-television providers including Comcast Corp …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Buys Mobile Data Analytics Company Onavo, Reportedly For Up To $200M... And (Finally?)  Gets Its Office In Israel  —  Big news for a Monday/late Sunday night (depending on where you are): Onavo, the Tel Aviv-based mobile analytics company, has just announced that it has been acquired by Facebook.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG G Flex curved smartphone revealed in press renders, will launch next month (update: 6-inch display)  —  LG has admitted that “bendable and unbreakable” smartphone displays are already in production, and we've heard plenty of rumors about a device known as the G Flex which features the new tech.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 5s Outselling iPhone 5c Two-to-One  —  Asked during Apple's last earnings call if he feared the higher end of the smartphone market was nearing saturation, CEO Tim Cook said he did not.  “I don't subscribe to the common view that the higher end, if you will, of the smartphone market is at its peak,” Cook said.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC One max official with 5.9-inch display and fingerprint scanner  —  HTC's long-rumored One max device has finally become official, and the numerous leaks were right on the money: it's a 5.9-inch enlargement of the HTC One, including the same Snapdragon 600 processor, same 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, and much of the same design.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Microsoft Mission Impossible  —  You're Microsoft's new CEO.  How do you like staring at the abyss between two mutually exclusive ways of making money?  The old business model, Windows and Office licensing, is going away.  The Devices and Services future puts you in direct competition …
Reuters:
Canadian gov't to push cable providers to unbundle channels  —  The Canadian government will soon require cable and satellite television providers to make it easier for customers to buy only the channels they want rather than pay for bundles, the country's industry minister said on Sunday.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Foursquare Opens Ad Platform To 1.5 Million Merchants  —  AFTER YEARS OF STRUGGLE AND MONTHS OF TESTING, FOURSQUARE IS FINALLY OPENING UP ITS ADVERTISING PLATFORM TO ITS 1.5 MILLION MERCHANTS.  —  Last year, Foursquare was said to be on the verge of bankruptcy, unable to turn its social media star into a sustainable business.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Europe won't save you: Why e-mail is probably safer in the US  —  Last week, a United States federal appellate court unsealed a set of documents pertaining to Lavabit, the e-mail provider of choice for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
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