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October 28, 2013, 4:25 PM

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Spiegel Online:
The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin  —  According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station.  The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations.
Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung signs three-year deal to supply NBA with courtside tablets and monitors  —  NBA Teams Up With Samsung  —  The National Basketball Association has signed a wide-ranging, $100 million deal with Samsung Electronics Co. to bring the South Korean company's technology courtside at its games …
Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech, social media employers offer perks aplenty  —  Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle  —  Bay Area tech and social media companies are engaged in an arms race to see who can offer the most - and most unusual - benefits to employees.  —  While most Americans would be happy …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nielsen's New SDK Adds Mobile Viewing To Its Traditional TV Ratings, Uses Data From Facebook To Match Demographics  —  After months of trials, Nielsen today is announcing an SDK that will give it the ability to measure how people view TV on mobile apps and other digital formats …
Todd Wasserman / Mashable:
Starbucks Lets You Buy Coffee for a Friend via Twitter  —  In the '70s, a Coke ad envisioned a day in which you could buy the world Coke to promote harmony.  Now, Starbucks is letting you do something similar, with the help of Twitter.  —  The coffee giant is launching a beta program called Tweet …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Twitter to Wait Until After IPO to Name Woman — Likely With International Cred — to Board  —  According to sources close to the situation, Twitter is planning on waiting until after its IPO — which is set to take place next week — to name its first woman to its board.

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