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November 6, 2013, 7:40 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Google Says Its Mystery Barges May Be Used As Interactive Space Where People Can Learn About Its Technology  —  Google has issued a statement (finally?) about its months'-long mystery barge project.  The barges, which are anchored in both Portland, Maine and San Francisco …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Twitter announces IPO pricing of $26 per share with a valuation of $18.3 billion  —  Twitter announced on Wednesday that it will price its IPO at $26 per share when it begins trading on Thursday.  The company plans to sell 70 million shares out of a total of 545 million outstanding shares.
DISH Network:
Blockbuster to End Domestic Retail, DVD By Mail Services  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced that its subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., will end its retail and by mail DVD distribution operations by early-January 2014.
Stefan Constantinescu / Android Beat:
Samsung's Analyst Day: Custom ARM core, 560 PPI displays in 2014, and 4K phones in 2015  —  Samsung just finished hosting their second ever analyst event in South Korea.  Admittedly I didn't listen to all seven of the presentations given due to time constraints, but I did download …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Samsung admits its software needs improving, commits half of R&D workforce  —  Samsung is just like the Red Sox  —  Samsung today admitted it needs to work on software, an area it's “not as good” at as hardware.  Samsung Vice Chairman & CEO Kwon Oh-hyun compares the company's software efforts …
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Square Exploring 2014 IPO With Banks  —  Technology entrepreneur Jack Dorsey is trying to pull off two high-profile initial public offerings in the span of one year.  —  Square Inc., the payments startup with a square credit-card reader that plugs into Apple and Android-based mobile devices …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Nexus 5 isn't pure Android, it's pure Google  —  In this, the fifth year of Android's existence, we also have seen the release of the fifth Nexus phone — appropriately enough called the Nexus 5.  Meanwhile, it's been two years since we saw the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
HealthCare.gov's head tech guy is out  —  A Medicare official who oversaw HealthCare.gov's botched launch will leave the federal government for the private sector, according to an e-mail sent late Tuesday to Medicare employees.  —  Tony Trenkle is the chief information officer at the Center …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google tech duo thank Snowden for revealing snooping, issue the NSA ‘a giant f*** you’  —  The revelations that the NSA has seemingly managed to infiltrate and spy upon individuals are bad enough for most of us, but some members of the Google tech team that work specifically on how to keep hackers …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube Starts Rolling Out Its New Commenting System Based On Google+  —  In September, YouTube announced that it would soon roll out a new commenting system powered by Google+.  After testing it on channel discussion tabs for a few weeks, it's now starting to roll it out to all videos on the site.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Over 5% Of Instagram Ad Views Have Led To Likes, Signaling Big Potential  —  Instagram ads are off to a strong start.  CEO Kevin Systrom said about the early ads that “Over 5% of the impression led to Likes on these ads that we've run.  That's pretty tremendous considering most of the ads we see on the internet we ignore.”
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Now All Of Snapchat's Investors Are Being Sued By The Man Who Says He Was The Third, Ousted Founder  —  Snapchat is a fast-growing photo sharing app — it handles about 350 million photo messages per day — and is reportedly worth $3 - 4 billion.  But the company's two founders are being sued …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Inventory tracking site Apple-Tracker.com gets DMCA takedown notice from Apple, shuts down  —  Apple Takedown Notice Makes iPhone 5s and iPad Air Less Easy to Find  —  Unprecedented pre-launch hype and massive day one queues are things that Apple thrive on and are achieved at pretty much every major product launch.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Refreshes Its Finance Service With Updated iOS Apps And A New Website  —  Today Yahoo refreshed the iOS application and website of its Finance service.  The updates are worthy, and will help Yahoo remain relevant in the financial space, and perhaps support the continued growth of its mobile userbase.

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