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November 3, 2013, 5:25 PM

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
The Billion Dollar Valuation Club  —  Aileen Lee has a really good post up on TechCrunch, in which she analyzes the number of companies that have been started since 2003 that have gone on to be worth $1bn or more.  —  This is a very useful exercise in the VC business since it is these big wins …
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Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups  —  Editor's note: Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage fund that backs entrepreneurs reinventing work and personal life through software.  Previously, she joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Henri Lamiraux, Apple's top iOS Engineering Vice President, leaves company after 23 years  —  Henri Lamiraux, Apple's top Vice President of Engineering for the iOS iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system has left the company, according to a source and corroborated by his LinkedIn profile.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.  —  The N.S.A.'s Evolution: The National Security Agency was founded in 1952, and its surveillance capabilities were limited by legislation in 1978.  But with the attacks of September 2001 came a new sense of urgency.
Caroline Copley / Reuters:
Swisscom builds ‘Swiss Cloud’ as spying storm rages  —  (Reuters) - Swisscom is building a “Swiss Cloud” that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.
Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov: How political fear was pitted against technical needs  —  In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama's top economic aides were getting worried.  Larry Summers, director of the White House's National Economic Council …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Bill Gates stands separate from peers with focus on disease over internet connectivity  —  An exclusive interview with Bill Gates  —  The internet is not going to save the world, says the Microsoft co-founder, whatever Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley's tech billionaires believe.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix starts testing 4K videos, wants to launch Ultra HD next year  —  Netflix quietly added a handful of 4K HD videos to its catalog this week to prepare itself for a wider launch of ultra high-definition video content in the coming months.  So far, the titles added to the catalog …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
After recent stock price decrease, Samsung to hold first analysts meeting since 2005  —  Samsung Prepares to Slowly Lift a Curtain to Investors  —  TOKYO — Secrecy has served Samsung Electronics well.  Keeping its rivals guessing has helped the company, a South Korean technology giant …
Tweets: @lessien
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world  —  Can a low-end Android phone be any good?  For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake  —  “As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android.”  — Sundar Pichai
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