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October 17, 2013, 6:05 PM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results  —  Google today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.  “Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product  —  Twitter's entire premise is based on publicness.  “Join the conversation in the global town square!” the company likes to say.  —  But, over the past year, Twitter has come around to seeing the value of being more discreet.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8.1 now available!  —  Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing.  And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1.  Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving …
FaryaabS / SamMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) receives official Android 4.3 update  —  Samsung promised at its Mobile UNPACKED Episode 2 event that it will start rolling out Galaxy S4 updates in October and we are very pleased that Samsung has kept their promise.  As Samsung has just started rolling out Android 4.3 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
First Magazine Advertisement for iPhone 5s Appears, Highlights Touch ID Sensor  —  Apple has started a new print advertising campaign for the iPhone 5s.  The first spot, running on the back of this week's issue of The New Yorker, showcases the Touch ID-equipped home button of the new gold iPhone 5s.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon scraps deal with cable for joint home, wireless services  —  Verizon confirmed on Thursday that its joint venture with the cable companies is no more.  —  Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, speaking to investors on a conference call, briefly mentioned that the company had terminated …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
China's Lenovo is considering buying Blackberry  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. is actively considering a bid for all of BlackBerry Ltd. , according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The Chinese personal-computer and smartphone maker has signed a “non-disclosure” agreement that enables it to look …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
isoHunt to Shut Down as Part of Settlement With Studios  —  The website isoHunt will shut down as part of a settlement in a massive piracy suit filed by Hollywood studios, the MPAA said on Thursday.  —  U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian canceled a planned hearing after she was informed of the settlement.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
AOL dethrones Google at top of video-ad ranking  —  With CEO Tim Armstrong's biggest takeover — Adap.tv — in the fold, AOL edges ahead of Google in ComScore's listing of the biggest video-ad properties.—YouTube is still the king of Internet video, but AOL's takeover of Adap.tv last month is making it the richest in that kingdom.
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David Meyer / GigaOM:
Ubuntu launches on mobile - but without some key elements  —  Thursday sees the release of Ubuntu “Saucy Salamander” 13.10, the first version of the Linux distribution to explicitly support smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs and servers.  There aren't any Ubuntu mobile devices on sale yet …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Behind the VC numbers: Higher prices, less control  —  Five unexpected venture capital deal trends.  —  FORTUNE — Venture capitalists invested $8.1 billion into 981 U.S.-based companies last quarter, according to PitchBook Data.  That's basically flat from the prior quarter …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
LG's G Pad 8.3 available today in the US for $349.99  —  LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet is going on sale in the US today for $349.99.  The G Pad 8.3 is a small, well-built Android tablet sized perfectly to compete with the iPad mini, but when it was first announced back in early September …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Motorola hopes to tempt iPhone users to Moto X with iCloud migration tool  —  Motorola's Moto Maker site is primarily meant to help customize and purchase a new Moto X, but today the company is adding another feature: the option to transfer your contacts and calendars from an Apple iCloud account to a Google account.

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