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October 1, 2014, 11:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
Apple to add gold color option to new 9.7" iPads this month, launch 12.9" model next year  —  Apple Said to Add Gold Option to IPad to Goose Sales  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will add a gold color option for its full-size iPads in an effort to boost a category that's posted declining shipments this year …
Robert Sullivan / Vogue:
A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch  —  How Apple's under-the-radar design genius, Jonathan Ive, has found the way to our hearts.  —  I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter's pants, in conversation, nodding.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
This Is The Motorola Nexus 6: A 5.9" QHD Display, 3200mAh+ Battery, Dual Front-Facing Speakers, And More  —  If you've been keeping up with any tech blogs over the past couple of weeks, you know that the next Nexus phone has been a hot topic.  We saw rumored specs and rumored hardware photos …
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
PayPal was excluded from Apple Pay because PayPal partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5's fingerprint reader  —  The Real Reason PayPal Isn't an Apple Pay Preferred Partner  —  Earlier this month, before Apple Pay came out, Bank Innovation wrote that Apple and PayPal had been involved in talks for ... something.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds new Sway presentation application to the Office family  —  Summary: Microsoft's Sway presentation application, available starting today in preview form, is the newest member of the Office product family.  —  Microsoft is rolling out on October 1 a preview of a new Office content aggregation …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks  —  Today, news broke of yet more large-scale credit-card breaches at big-box stores, this time at Albertson's and Supervalu, grocery chains in the American west.  —  The breaches follow in the wake of other recent breaches …
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Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
iPhone 6 Plus: best phablet, may appeal more than the 6 if you don't mind two-handed usage  —  The iPhone 6 Plus Mini-Review: Apple's First Phablet  —  While we've also written about the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus needs its own review in order to really understand the various features …
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
German regulator orders Google to limit how it combines user data from multiple services  —  Google Ordered to Change Handling of User Data in Germany  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) was ordered by a German regulator to limit how it combines user data that could be used to find out customers' personal preferences …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 aims to run universal apps on devices ranging from internet-of-things to servers; preview coming tomorrow, final release in late 2015  —  Windows 10 is the official name for Microsoft's next version of Windows  —  Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 10.
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Comcast launches cloud DVR in San Francisco, lays foundation for a set-top box-free future  —  Comcast customers in the Bay Area now have two DVRs available to them: One in their living room, one in the cloud.  Eventually, the one in the living room will disappear.
Nicky Woolf / Guardian:
Hackers charged with stealing over $100m in US army and Xbox technology  —  Indictment unsealed on Tuesday reveals Department of Justice charged four people in international computer hacking ring  —  Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft …
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Chinese iOS Trojan Targets Jailbroken iPhones Used by Hong Kong Protesters  —  Lacoon Mobile Security has discovered a new ‘advanced’ Chinese iOS trojan targeting jailbroken iPhone users in Hong Kong, linked to a previous Android spyware app currently being distributed among protesters via a link shared on WhatsApp.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History  —  Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It's dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley.
TechCrunch:
Reddit Plans Its Own Cryptocurrency To Give Back To Its Users After $50 Million Raise  —  Reddit, the so-called front page of the internet, has raised $50 million in Series B on a $500 million valuation with intentions to give back 10 percent of the round's equity to the community.

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