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October 18, 2013, 1:15 AM

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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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Announces $5 Tablet Day Passes, Deal to Power Tesla's In-Car Wireless  —  While consumers are clearly buying tablets in droves, getting them to fork over to connect them to cellular networks has been another story.  —  Buyers have overwhelmingly chosen Wi-Fi-only models, and …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Nexus 5 listing appears in the Play Store, teases 16GB for $349  —  We still haven't heard anything official about Google's next Nexus phone, but tonight some people are already seeing it as an option in the Play Store.  Just among our editors, some see the Nexus 4 while others get the result shown above …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Windows 8.1: An improvement for touch devices, but still feels jarring  —  Reconciling 2 Worlds With Windows 8.1  —  Just about one year ago, Microsoft gave us two new operating systems.  —  One was a new version of Windows: the one for use with mouse and keyboard, the one whose desktop …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps let you control a PC from a phone  —  Microsoft is providing a new way for iOS and Android users to access their Windows PCs today.  A new Remote Desktop app is now available for both operating systems, letting you simply connect to a Windows PC and control it.
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Samsung set-top box uses mediocre Smart TV software to compete with Roku, Apple TV  —  Samsung isn't known for its software, but that hasn't stopped the company from pushing its Smart TV interface, which offers access to video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and MLB.TV, as well as a selection of other utilities.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The streak is over: Xbox 360 dethroned by PS3 after 32 months atop U.S. market  —  Thirty-two months, or 2-and-a-half years: That's how long Microsoft's Xbox 360 held the top spot in the U.S. console market, based on unit sales.  But the streak ended as of September, as Sony's PlayStation 3 took …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD beats earnings targets as game console revenue kicks in  —  Nov. 12 - 13, 2013  —  Advanced Micro Devices has the next generation of home video game consoles to thanks for the good news in its earning report.  —  AMD reported financial results today that slightly beat Wall Street's expectations …
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Troubled Obamacare website wasn't tested until a week before launch  —  WATCHDOG OBAMACARE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HEALTH CARE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ACCOUNTABILITY  —  Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four …
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @tpcarney
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 …

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