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October 24, 2013, 6:40 AM

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AllThingsD:
Pinterest Does Another Massive Funding — $225 Million at $3.8 Billion Valuation (Confirmed)  —  According to several sources, Pinterest has completed another enormous funding, this time nabbing $225 million with late-stage investor Fidelity Investments in the lead.
Billboard:
YouTube preparing a $10/month premium on-demand music service, may come this year  —  YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)  —  YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service — akin to a Spotify, but with video — to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans.
Martin Kleppmann / LinkedIn Engineering:
LinkedIn Intro: Doing the Impossible on iOS  —  We recently launched LinkedIn Intro — a new product that shows you LinkedIn profiles, right inside the native iPhone mail client.  That's right: we have extended Apple's built-in iOS Mail app, a feat that many people consider to be impossible.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Microsoft Bashes Apple's iWork Software, New iPads  —  Microsoft's corporate vice president of communications, Frank Shaw, today took to the Official Microsoft Blog to denounce both Apple's revamped iWork software and the company's well-received decision to distribute it as a free upgrade for existing users.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Why would anyone buy an iPad 2 now?  —  For $399, Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is a far better choice  —  Yesterday, Apple announced two new iPads: the iPad Air, and the iPad mini with Retina display.  Both carry Apple's speedy new A7 processor, and both come with high-resolution screens.
Globe and Mail:
Former Apple CEO Sculley mulls BlackBerry bid  —  John Sculley, the former Apple Inc. CEO who famously clashed with Steve Jobs, is exploring a bid for beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd. with Canadian partners, sources have told The Globe and Mail.  —  Mr. Sculley said he could not comment on the matter …
Paul Mozur / Digits:
Samsung Apologizes to Chinese Consumers for Handset Flaws  —  With its massive smartphone sales in China, Samsung Electronics Co. is approaching Apple Inc. in status in China.  —  Now it's learning the pitfalls of success in the country.  —  In a broadcast posted online Tuesday …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Huge Banner Ads For Branded Queries  —  Google has confirmed that they are testing incredibly large banner ads for specific branded queries.  —  @SynrgyHQ posted an image on Twitter showing for the query [southwest airlines a huge “sponsored” ad at the top of the search results.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
YouTube MP3 Converter Loses Court Battle But The Music Plays On  —  In addition to obtaining music from file-sharing networks, those looking for free tracks often get them from so-called tube-rippers, sites and services that transform YouTube videos into downloadable MP3s.
Greg Koenig / Atomic Delights:
How Apple Makes the Mac Pro  —  As a product designer, one of my favorite parts about any new Apple product launch is the inevitable “How it's made” video.  The Mac Pro video did not disappoint.  —  What makes Apple fascinating is not that they are using some wiz-bang alien technologies to make things …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon's set-top box runs into further delays  —  Amazon has been been rushing to finalize and release a set-top box in time for the holidays, designed to compete directly with the Apple TV and Roku.  However, The Verge has learned that the company recently made the decision to delay the device, possibly beyond the holiday season.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Dadi Perlmutter to Leave Intel Early Next Year  —  The recent management shake-up at chip giant Intel has claimed its first high-profile casualty.  Dadi “David” Perlmutter, a well-respected executive VP who had been a leading but unsuccessful contender in the race to succeed former CEO Paul Otellini …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Yesterday's presentation suggests Apple lacks vision for the iPad sans Jobs, Forstall  —  Whither Liberal Arts?  The Missing iPad Story  —  Steve Jobs closed the January, 2010 introduction of the iPad with this now famous slide:  —  Steve Jobs and the intersection of technology and the liberal arts
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Proposed bipartisan bill increases risks and costs to patent trolls, has chance of passing  —  Finally, a bill to end patent trolling  —  Congressman Bob Goodlatte, breaking ground in patent law reform.  —  VaDOT  —  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte …
More: VentureBeat and ITworld.comTweets: @joemullin and @cdixon
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Seeking to Sell Mobile Patents  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) is seeking buyers for some of its mobile-computing patents, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, as Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman tries to bolster the company's financial position.
 

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