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October 1, 2014, 6:45 PM

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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.
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 …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans  —  Verizon's “network optimization” policy would have restricted speeds for its heaviest unlimited data users when the LTE network was congested.  But Big Red is now nixing the controversial plan.
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.
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook to refine process of authenticating names; CPO apologizes to LGBT community  —  Facebook clarifies real name policy amid LGBT protests  —  Drag queens will be able to post under their stage names, the company says  —  Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Sway, a new Office application for creating elegant interactive presentations on the web, now available in preview  —  Microsoft adds new Sway presentation application to the Office family  —  Summary: Microsoft's Sway presentation application, available starting today in preview form …
John Graham-Cumming / CloudFlare:
Inside Shellshock: How hackers are using it to exploit systems  —  On Wednesday of last week, details of the Shellshock bash bug emerged.  This bug started a scramble to patch computers, servers, routers, firewalls, and other computing appliances using vulnerable versions of bash.
Thornton McEnery / Crain's New York Business:
NYC launches Digital.nyc, an online hub for the city's tech ecosystem, powered by IBM and Gust  —  City launches website to connect investors, techies  —  Digital.nyc will offer information for startups looking for investors, venture capitalists looking for the next big thing, and professionals hoping to land a job or take a class.
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Google removes news snippets for some German sites after publishers sought cut of ad revenue  —  Google bows to pressure, removes news snippets from German search results  —  In a move to minimize legal risks, Google has stopped showing news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites in search results.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
‘Twilight’ Will Be Revived via Short Films on Facebook  —  LOS ANGELES — Two years after Lions Gate released the fifth and supposedly final installment of its “Twilight” movie series, the studio has devised an unusual franchise-rekindling effort — and it may hold clues about Facebook's future in Hollywood.
David Harris / bizjournals:
Twitter to invest $10M in MIT social media research lab  —  Social media giant Twitter will invest $10 million over five years to support the newly launched Laboratory for Social Machines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the aim of analyzing various trends across social media.

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