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October 16, 2013, 9:50 PM

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Reuters:
NSA security chief Keith Alexander and his deputy John Inglis expected to depart within the next few months  —  U.S. eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon  —  (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months …
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 …
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 …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Usermind raises $7.6M from Andreessen Horowitz to build software for enterprise business operations  —  Andreessen Horowitz Partner Scott Weiss was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal article talking about his firm's interest in enterprise software-related companies.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Ebook subscription startup Oyster expands to iPad and opens to all; some stats from Scribd  —  Oyster, the Peter Thiel-backed startup that aims to be a Netflix for ebooks, was iPhone-only and invite-only for its first six weeks.  On Wednesday, though, Oyster launched its iPad app and opened up to everyone.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Judge appoints monitor to keep an eye on Apple's e-books biz  —  A US judge on Wednesday appointed an external monitor to keep Apple in compliance with antitrust laws, following the tech giant's loss in court earlier this year.  —  Judge Denise Cote named former Assistant US Attorney …
Pierre Omidyar / Omidyar Group:
My Next Adventure in Journalism  —  As many of you know, I've had an interest in journalism for some time now.  I've been working on Civil Beat for three years and through my philanthropic work at Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, we've supported many efforts around the world related to media …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Slick mobile e-mail app Boxer closes $3M  —  Nov. 12 - 13, 2013  —  Boxer, a mobile e-mail client for iOS, just finalized a $3 million round of funding, the startup revealed to VentureBeat today.  —  Boxer's app is built for people who have high volume inboxes.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Anki Drive Is Racing Google, Not Other Toy Makers  —  TODAY, ANKI, THE PROMISING ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COMPANY, RELEASES ITS FIRST PRODUCT, ANKI DRIVE.  BUT CEO BORIS SOFMAN SAYS THE TOY CAR IS JUST A STEPPING STONE FOR LARGER INNOVATIONS.  —  Anki made its debut in June …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Search Engine Giant Yandex Launches Cocaine, A Cloud Service To Compete With Google App Engine  —  Russian search giant Yandex has launched an open-source platform as a service (PaaS) called Cocaine that the company says allows developers to build out their own app engines.
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.
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