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November 6, 2013, 10:30 PM

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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.
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Minting Cash: how Square designed a product with no design at all  —  Is the best interface no interface?  —  Robert Andersen was feeling flustered.  Square founder Jack Dorsey had asked him to design a product that was so simple, it wouldn't even have an interface.  “Square Cash” would let people send money over email.
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
More: New York Times, The Verge and MashableTweets: @fmanjoo
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft and Facebook sponsor Internet Bug Bounty program, offer cash for hacking the Internet stack  —  Microsoft and Facebook today jointly launched a new initiative called the Internet Bug Bounty program.  In short, the two companies are looking to secure the Internet stack by rewarding anyone …
More: The Register, Ars Technica and ZDNetTweets: @csoghoian
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 …
More: Gawker and TechCrunch
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Verizon: Google, Asus Have Opted To Wait Until Nexus 7 Gets KitKat To Certify For Use On Network, “Systems Issue” With 4.3 To Blame  —  We've received an official statement from Verizon on the ongoing Nexus 7 LTE / Verizon saga, a story that has gone silent in the months since Verizon promised …

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