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November 7, 2013, 1:55 AM

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Bloomberg:
Twitter raises $1.82 billion at a valuation of $18.1 billion, pricier value than Facebook  —  Twitter Raises $1.82 Billion, Pricier Value Than Facebook  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) raised $1.82 billion in its initial public offering, seizing on surging investor demand to price at a more expensive valuation than rival Facebook Inc. (FB)
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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.
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.
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 …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9 review: a high-end tablet at a mid-range price  —  It's worth noting just how far Amazon has come since the early days of the Fire line.  With the first generation, it was tough to see the tablet as anything more than a content-delivery device designed to keep users locked into the Kindle ecosystem.
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 …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Microsoft Is Making An Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties  —  Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.  —  He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.
More: BGR and Daring Fireball
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.
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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