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November 4, 2013, 3:55 PM

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Boyd Erman / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry-Fairfax takeover dies; Thorsten Heins out  —  BlackBerry Ltd. is abandoning a plan to find a buyer and will instead raise $1-billion of new funds and replace its chief executive and some directors, sources said.  —  The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone company had spent the past …
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Deborah Kan / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Eric Schmidt Lambastes NSA Over Spying  —  On a recent visit to Hong Kong, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to Deborah Kan about allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on the company's data centers, censorship in China, and the country he wants to visit next.
The Switch:
How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud data  —  The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been tapping into the private links that connect Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.  Today we offer additional background …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM Claims Twitter Infringes On At Least 3 Of Its Patents, According To Twitter's Latest S-1 Update  —  As Twitter embarks on its initial public offering roadshow, the company has issued another update to its S-1 today with a curveball.  IBM has recently issued a letter to Twitter alleging …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future  —  Can the company behind ‘Half-Life’ build hardware worthy of the TV?  —  Valve Corporation, the video game developer responsible for Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress , and the digital distribution platform Steam …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
Revealed - The Nokia Lumia 929, Verizon's 5 inch 1080P Windows Phone  —  Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon.  That device is said to be in carrier testing right …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPad Air Adoption 5X That Of iPad 4 After Opening Weekend, Says Fiksu  —  Nokia, Samsung Extend Their Secretive Patent Deal Another 5 Years, Avoiding Yet Another Mobile Patent Suit, Shoring Up For Others?  —  Apple may indeed have attracted a much broader audience of upgraders …
Marvin Ammori / Wired:
We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It  —  Net neutrality is a dead man walking.  The execution date isn't set, but it could be days, or months (at best).  And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users …
Tim Cook / Wall Street Journal:
Apple CEO Tim Cook pens op-ed urging Congress to pass bill prohibiting anti-gay discrimination  —  Tim Cook: Workplace Equality Is Good for Business  —  Long before I started work as the CEO of Apple, I became aware of a fundamental truth: People are much more willing to give of themselves …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Western Digital Adds Something New to Hard Drives: Helium  —  When you think about it, aside from the fact that, over time, they increase in capacity while getting cheaper, there's not that much new about hard drives.  They store our digital stuff, occasionally give out, and that's pretty much that.
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
OS X Mavericks upgrade destroys data, reports Western Digital  —  Issues extend to external hard drives, as well as eSATA- or Thunderbolt-based peripherals from other vendors  —  Wetern Digital sent an email to its registered customers over the weekend, warning them not to use …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom hits AT&T for $200 on-contract on November 8th  —  We forgive you if Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom(ed) out of mind since its announcement back in June — it was nearly five months ago (or eons in mobile years).  Now that we're leading up to the holiday season, however …

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