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November 5, 2013, 9:40 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Everpix is shutting down after acquisition offers from Path and others fall through. Here's how it died.  —  Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business  —  Everpix was great.  This is how it died.  —  One day last month, the seven employees …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple details how it handles customer data, discloses government information request stats  —  In light of the recent reporting in regards to the NSA and governments across the world and their connection to the data that technology companies hold on their customers, Apple has published …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: “Our Business Does Not Depend on Collecting Personal Data”  —  Apple on Tuesday published a formal report on federal government data requests and in so doing became the first tech company to disclose such inquiries by both account and device.  —  Foremost, the document explains Apple's philosophy on customer privacy.
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
IPad Air Has Spendier Display, Costs Less to Make Than Earlier Models  —  There's a new iPad in town, and that means that folks at the research firm IHS are once again doing what they do best: Taking it apart for a look inside.  —  In the latest of its teardown analysis reports obtained by AllThingsD …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Bigger than Google Fiber: LA plans citywide gigabit for homes and businesses  —  Free broadband for all, and gigabit for those who can afford it.  Los Angeles is about to unleash one of the most ambitious city-led broadband projects to date, with the goal of bringing fiber to all of its 3.5 million residents and all businesses.
iFixit:
Nexus 5 Teardown  —  KitKats, snapdragons, unlocked?  Google is making us feel like we've got the golden ticket, as we head into Willy Wonka's—er, the Nexus 5.  Will Google's latest smartphone be a sweet treat?  Or will we be having nightmares of green-haired Oompa Loompas mocking us in rhyme?
Globe and Mail:
Lenovo pursued BlackBerry bid, but Ottawa rejected idea  —  OTTAWA and TORONTO — The Globe and Mail  —  Beijing-based computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Ltd. actively considered a bid for BlackBerry Ltd., but the Canadian government told the smartphone company it would not accept …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Responding to MacKenzie Bezos's One-Star Slapdown  —  One of the gratifying and terrifying things about writing a book in 2013 is that anyone can immediately publish their review of it.  Yesterday, a reader of my book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, did just that.
Om Malik / Gigaom:
To live and die in public: That's Twitter  —  My affair with Twitter, the idea, began over seven years ago.  —  It was at a party, a few blocks from where I live and work — San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.  I was hanging outside, sucking on a stogie, and chatting with Twitter's forgotten co-creator, Noah Glass.
More: TechCrunch
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Google wants to build maps that customize themselves based on what they know about you  —  Two of the senior designers working on Google Maps told the Roadmap 2013 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday that maps are just a “canvas for the stuff we know about the world,” …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Unlock your Mac by knocking on your iPhone with the new ‘Knock’ app  —  Knock uses a combination of an iPhone app (currently offered at an introductory price of $3.99) and a Mac app (available for free at Knock's website) to enable unlocking of your Mac, wirelessly, by just knocking the back of your iPhone.
The Independent:
Revealed: Britain's ‘secret listening post in the heart of Berlin’  —  Claims that GCHQ has maintained spying operations even after US pulled out  —  Concerns were raised tonight that Britain operates a top-secret listening post from its Berlin embassy to eavesdrop on the seat of German power.
More: Softpedia NewsTweets: @nigelpmorris
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
TV Discovery Startup i.TV Acquires GetGlue In Second-Screen App Mashup  —  Provo, Utah-based video discovery startup i.TV has acquired GetGlue, we've learned, as consolidation in the market for second-screen or companion TV apps continues.  The acquisition, which is expected to be announced soon …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG's G Flex actually flexes (video)  —  We've known for a while that LG's upcoming G Flex smartphone features a pretty noticeable arc from top to bottom, but thanks to a source who's spent some time with the device, we now know that the phone is more aptly named than we first suspected.

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