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October 30, 2013, 3:50 PM

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Washington Post:
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say  —  The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
John Poole / Primate Labs Blog:
iPad Air Geekbench: Over 80% faster than iPad 4, A7 processor 100MHz faster than iPhone 5s  —  iPad Air Benchmarks  —  Geekbench 3 results for the new iPad Air are starting to appear on the Geekbench Browser.  I've charted the results for all iOS 7 capable iPads below.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air  —  One reason for the phenomenal success of the iPad has been Apple's ability to pack speed and versatility into a thin, light body with long battery life.  It doesn't do everything a laptop does, but for many common scenarios, it has replaced the laptop as its owners' go-to device.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPad Air review: lighter, more portable, more usable and faster than any previous iPad  —  The iPad Air Review  —  It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 10-inch tablet market was done for, with all interest and excitement shifting to smaller, but equally capable 7 or 8-inch tablets instead.
Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
California Woman Gets the First Ticket for Driving with Google Glass  —  This is history: the first known case of a Glass Explorer getting a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.  —  Cecilia Abadie told her story on Google+ late Tuesday night, and shared this image of the citation …
AllThingsD:
Intel May Turn Over Its Web TV Project to Verizon  —  Intel's efforts to break into the TV business may be coming to a close.  —  Sources say the chipmaker is close to a deal to hand over control of Intel Media, the unit that has been trying to build a Web-based subscription TV service …
Jean-Baptiste / Forbes:
Exclusive: Intel Opens Fabs To ARM Chips  —  As the old adage goes, if you can't beat them, join them!  Well, that's exactly what Intel finally decided to do relative to its lagging mobile business.  —  At the ARM developers' conference today, Intel partner Altera announced …
Reuters:
Twitter hit with $124 million lawsuit over private stock sale  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc was sued for $124 million on Wednesday by two companies that said the social media darling defrauded it into pushing forward with a doomed private sale of its shares to stoke investor interest for its initial public offering.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint swings to profit of $383M, but loses a net 313,000 customers  —  Sprint swung to a third-quarter profit its first period under new ownership.  —  The company, which reports for the first time after the completion of the SoftBank takeover and Clearwire acquisition …
BBC:
Dell users: Latitude 6430u laptops ‘smell of cat urine’  —  A number of Dell users have complained that their Latitude 6430u Ultrabooks “smell of cat urine”.  —  Dell engineers have ruled out biological contamination, and said the smell was not a health hazard.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Ashton Kutcher Ditches His iPhone, iPad in New Role as Lenovo Product Engineer … Alicia Keys has been the creative director of BlackBerry.  Shakira was named T-Mobile collaborator last month.  And now the latest celebrity tech hire?  Ashton Kutcher is now a product engineer at Lenovo.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
“Manufacturing issue” responsible for fast battery drain on “limited number” of iPhone 5Ss  —  Shortened Battery Life Found in Some New iPhones  —  The Apple iPhone 5S is supposed to have significantly longer battery life than its predecessors.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cloud-Based Device Management Startup Soluto Getting Acquired By Device Insurers Asurion For Up To $130M  —  Looks like another exit for an Israel-based startup - this one straddling the worlds of cloud services and hardware control.  Soluto, a service that lets users manage PCs …

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