October 27, 2013, 3:40 PM

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Eugene Wei / Remains of the Day:
Amazon and the “profitless business model” fallacy  —  [DISCLOSURE: As always when I write about Amazon, I'll note I worked there from 1997-2004 and that I still own some shares in the company.  I still have many friends who work there, though I have no more idea what Amazon is working on now than any of you in the public.]
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Thoughts and Observations Regarding This Week's Apple Event Introducing the iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini  —  The Show Itself  —  There is a certain sameness to almost every Apple event.  A pattern, a formula, a structure, a rhythm and pacing.  Does this make them boring?
USC Study: Google Search Serves Users From 600% More Locations than A Year Ago  —  In a shift in strategy, Google reuses existing content delivery infrastructure to speed up searches  —  Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or  —  Over the past 10 months …
John Lilly / Medium:
Free software strengthens Apple's business - systems, while disturbing Microsoft's - software  —  Cups of Water … My partner Reid has a fun metaphor he uses when he's describing how companies think about their core strategies (which don't change very much).
More: Benedict EvansTweets: @chrisyeh and @monkbent
Jim Newell / Guardian:
Thousands gather in Washington for anti-NSA ‘Stop Watching Us’ rally  —  Statement from whistleblower Edward Snowden read to crowd featuring groups from left and right of political spectrum  —  Thousands gathered by the Capitol reflection pool in Washington on Saturday to march, chant …
John McCrank / Reuters:
Exclusive: Aiming to avoid Facebook chaos, NYSE runs Twitter IPO test  —  (Reuters) - The New York Stock Exchange on Saturday did a test run of Twitter's highly anticipated market debut, as it seeks to avoid the types of problems that plagued Facebook's initial public offering on rival Nasdaq.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
Upcoming Nexus 5 leaks in white, Nov. 1 launch date reported  —  After leaking a clear image of the black model yesterday, prolific leaker @evleaks has posted a render of the upcoming Nexus 5 in a white color option.  As can be seen in the image above, the white model is actually a two-tone device …
Allen Martin / CBS San Francisco:
Barge in SF Bay may be a marketing center for Glass if Google gets a waterfront permit  —  Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but few were better kept than what's taking place …
More: The Verge and CNETThanks:@_trendspotter
Thomas Gryta / Digits:
AT&T's Plan Revamp Signals the End of Voice Minutes  —  The days of worrying about minutes ticking away on your cell phone plan are nearly gone.  —  As of today, AT&T is dropping the availability of its old plans for new smartphone subscribers, and all of the remaining plans include unlimited calling …
More: SlashGear
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Next on Deck for Snapchat and Pinterest: Some Sales Help?  —  Earlier this week, AllThingsD broke the news of two major fundings of a pair of hot startups: Scrapbooking service Pinterest and messaging service Snapchat.  —  Pinterest's round of $225 million at a $3.8 billion valuation …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:

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