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October 24, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Amazon reports quarterly net loss of $41M, sales above $17B, exceeding expectations  —  Amazon just posted another unprofitable quarter.  But the company did manage to beat Wall Street's expectations.  —  The company reported a quarterly net loss of $41 million, or 9 cents per share.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crushes FQ1 Expectations With Revenue of $18.5B, EPS Of $0.62, $400M In Surface Top Line  —  Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter results today, with revenue of $18.53 billion and earnings per share of $0.62.  Analysts had expected the first quarter of Microsoft's fiscal 2014 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Offer 70M Shares Priced At $17-$20 Per Share To Raise Up To $1.4B In IPO  —  Twitter will offer 70 million shares in its initial public offering, and will price them at $17-$20 per share, according to an amended S-1 filing.  Twitter's IPO pricing range was rumored to drop today …
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders  —  • Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official  —  • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’  —  • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges  —  The National Security Agency monitored …
Min-Jeong Lee / Digits:
Patent Filing Shows Samsung Preps Electronic Eyewear  —  Samsung Electronics Co. appears to be creating a Google Glass of its own.  —  A design patent registered with Korean authorities in October shows an electronic device in the form of spectacles.  It has been categorized as a type of “sports glasses.”
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Mac App Store bug allows iWork trial users to update the entire suite for free (Update: Aperture, too)  —  Users who have previously downloaded the free 30-day iWork trial and kept it on their systems found themselves able to update to the latest version of Apple's productivity suite …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Samsung fined $340,000 for faking online comments  —  After being caught paying for false praise and negative comments about competitors, Samsung has been fined just over $340,000.  The issue first arose internationally in April, when Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) announced it was opening an investigation into the allegations.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Blackberry's Android BBM app drawing lots of suspicious 5-star ratings  —  Blackberry's standalone BBM messaging app debuted on Android yesterday, and it has already received more than 150,000 reviews on the Google Play Store.  However, as first pointed out on Twitter by Matt Baxter-Reynolds …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Instagram previews how ads will look in its apps, will push a one-time sample ad to US users in the next week  —  Instagram today revealed how ads will look like on the social network when they finally come to the photo-sharing app.  The Facebook-owned company is treading carefully …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5s & 5c begin rolling out in 25 additional countries, Apple Online stores go down  —  Apple previously announced that its second wave of iPhone 5s and 5c launch countries would include more than 25 locations on Friday, October 25.  For South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
CIRP Research: iPad 2 accounted for 22% of the iPads sold in the US during Q3 2013  —  Why Is Apple Still Selling the iPad 2?  Because It Can.  —  Next month, Apple will begin selling two next-generation iPads — the iPad Air and a new and mightier iPad mini, yet it will continue to sell the iPad 2 …

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