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October 16, 2013, 1:55 PM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Cuts iPhone 5C Orders  —  Move Raises Concerns About Demand, Pricing Strategy for Low-Cost Device  —  A customer looks at an Apple iPhone 5c at a store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sept. 20.  Bloomberg News  —  HONG KONG— Apple Inc. has notified its two assemblers for the low-cost iPhone 5C …
Patrick May / Mercury News:
Cupertino council clears huge Apple ‘spaceship’ campus for liftoff  —  CUPERTINO — Apple's (AAPL) proposed new spaceship-shaped headquarters got a super-charged blast-off Tuesday night when the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2.8-million-square-foot behemoth beside Interstate 280 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What comes next after Windows 8.1?  —  Summary: Microsoft's Windows 8.1 will be commercially available starting this week.  What will Microsoft do for an encore on the Windows front?  —  Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 commercially available over the next day-plus (depending on your time zone).
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Square Cash lets anyone with a debit card send money instantly over email  —  What if sending money was as simple as sending an email?  —  That's the premise of Square Cash, launching today for all debit card users in the US, using any email service.  To use Square Cash …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Square Cash is the quickest, simplest way to send money from your debit card to anyone else's  —  The Money Is in the Email  —  While you can buy a $500 iPad at Amazon.com with a single click, sending even small amounts of cash to a friend or relative is still often a tedious and slow task.
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked?  Here's What It Takes  —  Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.  Both times, she wore sunglasses to prevent viewers from getting a full picture of what she looks like.
More: GigaOMThanks:@_trendspotter
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Lenovo intros the Miix2, its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet; coming soon for $299  —  Remember when we reviewed Acer's (sorta crappy) W3 tablet, and assured you it wouldn't be long before we saw more 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets?  Well, with that latest Windows update due out tomorrow …
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Watch out, Nike: Adidas announces smartwatch for runners, starting at $399  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Another big shoe brand just joined Nike in the wearable technology race: Adidas.  —  At today's GigaOM Mobilize conference in San Francisco, Paul Gaudio, the Vice President in charge …
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Many of the most-pirated movies aren't available for legitimate online purchase  —  Why does movie piracy persist after years of efforts to stamp it out?  A new website called PiracyData.org suggests a simple explanation: people pirate movies because they don't have the option of paying for a legitimate copy online.
Matthew M. Aid / Foreign Policy:
The NSA's New Codebreakers  —  America's using front companies, break-in artists, and hacktivists to spy on everyone — and only North Korea seems able to resist.  —  There was a time when the codebreakers of the National Security Agency actually took the lead in solving enemy encryption systems.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @csoghoian
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Twitter headed to New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘TWTR’  —  Summary: The move to the NYSE is quite the contrast to Facebook's tumultuous public launch on the Nasdaq.  —  Twitter has filled in another blank as it goes through the legal process to become a publicly traded company.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel says hardware bargains to multiply this fall: $99 tablets, $299 Haswell laptops, $349 2-in-1 hybrids  —  Nov. 12 - 13, 2013  —  Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said he expects bargains galore this holiday season as computermakers take advantage of the latest Intel Haswell and Bay Trail microprocessors.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Telefonica Takes A Strategic Stake In Rhapsody, Will Bring Napster Into Latin America, Deeper Into Europe  —  In the allegro-paced race between music streaming providers to see who will be the first to achieve profitable scale, today Rhapsody got a significant leg up, courtesy of Telefonica.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Greenwald exits Guardian for new Omidyar media venture  —  (Reuters) - Glenn Greenwald, who has made headlines around the world with his reporting on U.S. electronic surveillance programs, is leaving the Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar …
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft gives Office to students whose teachers buy it  —  For years, Microsoft, Apple, and others have offered educational discounts to students.  Now, Microsoft has gone significantly further, providing a free copy of Office to students whose schools license it for their faculty and staff.

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