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October 21, 2013, 11:55 AM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google's iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary  —  Android is open—except for all the good parts.  —  Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced.  The original iPhone came out just a few months earlier …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
GarageBand for iOS 7 to Become Free with In-App Purchases as Apple Reveals Full Set of New iLife and iWork Icons  —  Ahead of Tuesday's media event, Apple has revised its Built-in Apps page for the iPhone 5s to reveal the full set of new iOS 7-themed icons for the six iLife and iWork apps offered for iOS.
Marissa Mayer / Yahoo:
Everyone's Favorite Gadget Geek, David Pogue, to Join Yahoo  —  I am thrilled to announce that award-winning columnist, best-selling author, and TV host David Pogue will be joining Yahoo.  David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Nokia leaks Lumia 1520 details on Chinese online store: 20MP PureView camera, Snapdragon 800 processor  —  Looking for more evidence that Nokia's about to unleash an oversized Windows Phone?  You've got it: the company's official Tmall store (an online marketplace in China) recently published a product page for the fabled Lumia 1520.
John D. Stoll / Wall Street Journal:
Le Monde:
France in the NSA's crosshair : phone networks under surveillance  —  The future will perhaps tell us one day why France has remained so discreet in comparison with Germany or Brazil, for example, after the first revelations about the extent of the American electronic espionage programmes …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
So the 5S is (allegedly) killing the 5C.  Why is this bad news?  —  John Koetsier, writing at VetureBeat: … First, the necessary caveat: Apple supply chain rumors are notoriously unreliable.  But let's assume this one is true, and see if we can figure out the bad news Koetsier is referring to.
steve cheney:
Why Android First is a Myth  —  In mobile, particularly in consumer markets, there has been an ongoing debate about when or if Android will become the first platform that sophisticated startups develop for.  Often times, this argument is wrongly centered around vanity metrics for Android …
Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
Is China's Lenovo Bidding For BlackBerry To Destroy It?  —  As we learned Thursday, , the Chinese consumer technology firm, has signed a non-disclosure agreement with BlackBerry in preparation for a bid to buy the struggling Canadian business.  Lenovo surely knows it will not be permitted to take over BlackBerry.
More: I4U News and PhoneArena
John Paul Titlow / Co.Labs:
WordPress looks to enable fast cross-platform content synchronization with Simperium  —  Why WordPress Gobbled Up This Scrappy iCloud Alternative  —  Matt Mullenweg thinks mobile blogging is too damn slow.  It's not so much the clunky touchscreen input of devices like the iPhone and Nexus 4 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:

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