October 15, 2013, 10:35 AM

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Angela Ahrendts to Join Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores  —  Apple® today announced that Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, will be joining Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of our executive team, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.
Washington Post:
NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally  —  The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google Watch is happening soon, heavy into Kit Kat/Google Now functionality  —  I recently heard word that Google was putting the finishing touches on a Watch product.  Details are slim but the person seemed to think that Google Now functionality would be at the center of the product.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Flickr redesigns individual picture pages with 25 percent larger photos  —  Flickr has been all about putting big, bold, beautiful photos front and center since the website's massive redesign in May, but Yahoo just found one more place to make those photos bigger and more beautiful: individual photo pages.
The Switch:
Yahoo Mail switching to HTTPS connections by default in January, four years after GMail  —  Yahoo to make SSL encryption the default for Webmail users.  Finally.  —  Beginning Jan. 8, Yahoo will enable encryption by default for users logging into its Web-based mail service, the company has told The Washington Post.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Supercell Dominates The Realm: Game Maker Sells A 51%, $1.53B Stake To SoftBank and GungHo Online  —  Another big move for Softbank into the gaming world, and a massive investment for Finnish gaming juggernaut Supercell: the company is selling a 51% stake for $1.53 billion to Japan's SoftBank …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
A web page that lasts forever: the plan to stop “link rot” in law and science  —  Imagine a research library where most of the books are missing footnotes — where the bottom of the pages are stained or ripped out, making it impossible for scholars to tell the sources of information.
Mary Ellen Gordon / The Flurry Blog:
The South Korea Report: Device and App Trends in The First Saturated Device Market  —  In August of this year Flurry Analytics measured 33,527,534 active smartphones and tablets in South Korea.  While that was only 2.8% of the entire worldwide connected device installed base Flurry measures …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Vox Media Raises $34 Million to Build SB Nation, the Verge, Polygon  —  Tech investors are supposed to avoid content businesses.  But they do make exceptions: The people who brought you Huffington Post, for example, have been able to raise a ton of money for BuzzFeed.
Netflix Gets TiVo Assist in Push to Join Cable-TV Lineup  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX), pressing cable operators to grant equal footing to its Web-based films and television shows on pay-TV systems, is getting an assist from set-top box maker TiVo Inc. (TIVO)  —  Netflix, the world's largest …
Stephanie Banchero / Wall Street Journal:
School Districts Grapple With Glitches in Computer Tablets  —  Districts Grapple With Glitches as Some Say Devices Can Supplement Lessons  —  Two elementary-school pupils in the Los Angeles district tool around with their tablets in August.  Problems have stalled the district's tablet rollout.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Thousands of Sites Hacked Via vBulletin Hole  —  Attackers appear to have compromised tens of thousands of Web sites using a security weakness in sites powered by the forum software vBulletin, security experts warn.  —  Attack tool for exploiting vulnerable vBulletin forums.
Adam Zeis /
Message from BlackBerry: You can still count on us  —  The headlines for BlackBerry have been a bit of a jumbled mess lately, and for those BlackBerry users that don't dive deeper into the articles, things could seem a bit all over the place right now.  —  Tomorrow, October 15th …

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