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October 1, 2014, 10:25 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.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
U.S. judge rules in favor of Apple in LTE patent case against WiLan  —  WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple  —  (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc (WIN.TO) on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in a litigation case against it.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jacob Siegal / BGR:
Verizon and Sprint follow AT&T's lead with new double data offers  —  Over the weekend, AT&T announced a data plan promotion which would allow customers to sign up for double the data at the same price as their current plans.  Not to be outdone, both Verizon and Sprint announced their own promotions …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
EMC names former Apple executive Zane Rowe CFO  —  EMC nabs Apple vet as new chief financial officer  —  Summary: Also listed as an executive vice president reporting directly to EMC CEO Joe Tucci, Rowe has a long history in both the tech and finance sectors.  —  EMC has found itself a new chief financial officer.
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.
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.
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Dropbox for Android users can now export files to SD cards  —  After several requests, Dropbox for Android users can now export files to their device's SD card.  This new feature will help keep important items like documents and photos accessible whenever offline or switching from one device to another.

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