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October 30, 2013, 1:35 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Steve Rosenbush / The CIO Report:
Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen  —  Risk-based authentication solutions can help thwart cyber intruders' attempts to access enterprise systems.  By learning users' expected log-in patterns, and by setting appropriate risk thresholds for various systems …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
OS X 10.9 brings fast but choppy Thunderbolt networking  —  If you open your network settings in the System Preferences after upgrading to OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”, you'll be informed that a new “Thunderbolt Bridge” network interface was added to the system.  So it's now possible to network two Macs over Thunderbolt.
More: ZDNet
Jack Clark / The Register:
IBM gives up fight to build CIA's $600m secret cloud, hands deal to Amazon  —  Withdraws injunctive action and scuttles back into shadow  —  IBM has stumbled away from its legal tussle with Amazon over a strategically important contract to build a $600m cloud system for the CIA.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cloud-Based Device Management Startup Soluto 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 and other connected devices remotely …

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