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October 25, 2013, 7:00 AM

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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 …
Reuters:
Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles  —  (Reuters) - As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate to shield local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.
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 …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Google Should Buy Twitter Before The IPO  —  A few years ago Google had the opportunity to buy Twitter but passed on the opportunity because they were developing Google+ and didn't think they needed it.  —  Today Google+ is supposedly the no. 2 social network after Facebook, but I don't buy it.
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.
Carmel DeAmicis / PandoDaily:
Uh oh, Los Angeles School District's $30 million iPad program falls flat  —  Last week, I wrote about how one-to-one tablet programs in Missouri and Texas K-12 schools had hit some road bumps.  In North Carolina when 73,000 Amplify tablets arrived — from Robert Murdoch's edtech company …
More: AppleInsiderTweets: @pandodaily
J. Glenn Künzler / MacTrast:
The Truth About ‘Free’ Mac App Store Software Upgrades in OS X Mavericks  —  There have been a number of reports lately revealing that OS X Mavericks seems to be allowing users to “upgrade illegal or trial version” Apple software obtained outside the Mac App Store.
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 …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It  —  The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.  It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers …
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.”
New York Times:
Why the Government Never Gets Tech Right  —  MILLIONS of Americans negotiating America's health care system know all too well what the waiting room of a doctor's office looks like.  Now, thanks to HealthCare.gov, they know what a “virtual waiting room” looks like, too.

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