October 29, 2013, 2:25 PM

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Google in talks to begin mass production of smartwatch, device integrated with Google Now  —  Google Nears Smartwatch Launch  —  Company In Talks With Asian Suppliers for Mass Production  —  TAIPEI—Google Inc.'s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks …
The Official Motorola Blog:
Motorola's Project Ara: A free, open hardware platform for creating modular smartphones  —  Goodbye Sticky.  Hello Ara.  —  Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Motorola reveals ambitious plan to build modular smartphones  —  Motorola has unveiled Project Ara, an initiative for modular smartphones with the goal to “do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software.”  The company plans to create an ecosystem that can support third-party …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google adds location sharing, animated GIFs to Hangouts, integrates SMS  —  Today during its “A Morning with Google+” event, Google announced some updates for its Google+ service on top of sharing some improvements to Hangouts.  Perhaps the biggest new feature that was announced during …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger  —  As much as Google likes and touts that Android is open, that freedom may come with the cost of some control over the platform.  Amazon may have started the first truly successful “fork” of Android, but Samsung is going after the whole place setting.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia sales hit record 8.8 million in Q3, North America doubles  —  Nokia has once again managed to improve its Lumia sales figures worldwide.  The latest Q3 earnings show another quarterly improvement, up to 8.8 million in the latest quarter.  That's an increase on the record high …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Adobe Breach Impacted At Least 38 Million Users  —  The recent data breach at Adobe that exposed user account information and prompted a flurry of password reset emails impacted at least 38 million users, the company now says.  It also appears that the already massive source code leak at Adobe …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Google Channels Pixar to Change Storytelling as We Know It  —  An early concept drawing for Windy Day by Japanese illustrator Tadahiro Uesugi, the Annie Award-winning production designer of Coraline.  —  A painted version of the Tadahiro sketch.  —  A character sketch from animation director …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Met With Facebook Last Week on Potential Bid  —  BlackBerry Ltd. executives flew to California to meet with Facebook Inc. last week to gauge its interest in a potential bid for the struggling smartphone-maker, according to people familiar with the matter.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Samsung shipped more phones than Nokia, Apple, LG combined  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 helped it win 29 percent of the mobile phone market.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  Samsung shipped a record 120.1 million phone phones last quarter, beating Nokia, Apple, and LG combined, Strategy Analytics said on Tuesday.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook: About 75k print books bundled with discounted ebooks  —  Amazon officially launched Kindle MatchBook, its previously announced program that lets publishers and authors bundle print books with discounted digital editions, on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Aereo faces challenge reducing cost of power for subscriber antennas  —  Electricity Use Impedes Aereo's March  —  Streaming-Video Service Has Other Challenges Besides Broadcasters' Lawsuits  —  Shalini Ramachandran  —  AMOL SHARMA … Aereo Inc.'s upstart TV streaming service …
David Gelles / DealBook:
Nextdoor raises $60 million from Kleiner Perkins, Tiger Global  —  Nextdoor, a Start-Up, Raises $60 Million  —  Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors, is moving into elite territory.  —  The San Francisco start-up on Tuesday announced a $60 million investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Brazil to insist on local Internet data storage after U.S. spying  —  (Reuters) - Brazil, seeking to shield its citizens from alleged U.S. spying, is pushing ahead with its plan to force global Internet companies to store data obtained from Brazilian users inside the country, according to a draft of the law seen by Reuters.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Buzzy Photo App Frontback Shuns Twitter Interest, Raises Millions Instead  —  Frontback, the photo app that lets users create composite images using the front and rear cameras on their iPhone handsets, is on a roll.  Launched only in August of this year, it's now picked up some 300,000 downloads …
‘Li-fi’ via LED light bulb data speed breakthrough  —  UK researchers say they have achieved data transmission speeds of 10Gbit/s via “li-fi” - wireless internet connectivity using light.  —  The researchers used a micro-LED light bulb to transmit 3.5Gbit/s via each of the three primary colours …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Amazon Launches Cloud Player App for Mac  —  Back in 2011, Amazon launched its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, with Cloud Drive offering cloud-based file storage and Cloud Player serving as the interface for playing music stored in Cloud Drive.  Amazon has upgraded its service over time …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Payments Giant First Data Acquires Mobile Loyalty Startup Perka For ~$30M To Take On Square And PayPal In SMB Market  —  In an effort to catch up with Square and Paypal, payment processing giant First Data has been quietly increasing its presence in the mobile payments market.
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