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October 2, 2014, 2:45 PM

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Sébastien Page / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple launches tool to check Activation Lock status; lets you see if an iPhone/iPad is stolen  —  Apple releases tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices  —  Apple recently released a tool that lets anyone check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit for failure to remove nude images of hacked celebrities  —  Celebrities Threaten “Despicable” Google for “Facilitating” Hacked Nude Photos  —  In a letter that rips Google for acting “like the NFL” and turning a blind eye, a lawyer representing celebrities warns of consequences
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG website referenced software development kit for an unannounced webOS SmartWatch  —  LG is working on a webOS SmartWatch  —  “LG SmartWatch gets more powerful with the new Web-centric platform”  —  The world's favorite abortive mobile operating system, webOS, refuses to go away quietly.
Todd Krabach / Facebook Developers:
Facebook officially launches its mobile Like Button for native iOS and Android apps  —  Mobile Like Button now Available to Everyone  —  On average, the Like and Share Buttons are viewed across almost 10 million websites daily.  At f8 this year, we let developers preview the Like Button on iOS mobile devices.
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:
Evernote announces a new web client, artificial intelligence, better presentations  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The connected note taking app company Evernote today announced that it has completely redesigned its web client for simplicity and creativity.  —  Previously, the web client had been thought …
Nick Statt / CNET:
Microsoft may have named it Windows 10 to maintain compatibility with app software from '90s  —  Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?  —  Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name “Windows 9” and jumped to 10.  Here's one explanation that actually makes sense.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less  —  Google's Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project underway at the company called The Physical Web to provide …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Pioneer finally brings CarPlay equipment to mass market, Spotify app update adds CarPlay support  —  The CarPlay situation has been murky.  Since being announced in the spring, most manufacturers have been quiet on when CarPlay equipment will actually be available to purchase.
Tim Moynihan / Wired:
Windows 10: A step back for the interface but a leap forward in strategy  —  Ambitious Windows 10 Is an Attack Disguised as a Retreat  —  From the early looks of Windows 10, it's a long-overdue concession to the fact that Windows users prefer the way things used to be.
iClarified:
iPhone 6+ with 802.11ac shows substantial speed improvements over iPhone 5s's 802.11n  —  iPhone Wi-Fi Speed Test: 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus vs. 802.11n iPhone 5s [Video]  —  We've posted a new video test comparing the Wi-Fi speeds of the 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus versus the 802.11n iPhone 5s.
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Local police in US giving families free ComputerCop keylogging software in “Internet Safety” initiative  —  ComputerCOP: The Dubious ‘Internet Safety Software’ That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families  —  ComputerCOP in Maricopa County, Arizona
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix will finance four major feature films starring Adam Sandler to appear exclusively on Netflix  —  With Four New Adam Sandler Films, Netflix Takes Aim at Theaters  —  Netflix plans to announce on Thursday that it has struck a deal with the comedian Adam Sandler to produce and star …
Paul Graham:
Startups are very counterintuitive, and you can't always trust your instincts  —  Before the Startup  —  (This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at Stanford.  It's intended for college students, but much of it is applicable to potential founders at other ages.)
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Angry Birds maker Rovio lays off 130 staff and tries to ‘reignite growth’  —  Layoffs affect 16% of Finnish firm's workforce as it focuses on its games, media and consumer products businesses  —  Angry Birds still has 200m active players, but its growth has been slower than expected
Leslie Picker / Bloomberg:
Wayfair begins trading on Nasdaq, surges 24% to $36 per share  —  Wayfair Gains After Online Furniture Retailer's IPO  —  Wayfair Inc., the online furniture and home-goods retailer that sells brands such as Joss & Main and Birch Lane, rose in its trading debut after pricing its initial public offering above the marketed range.
James Temple / Re/code:
Fertility app maker Glow raises $17M Series B led by Formation 8  —  Glow Raises $17 Million, Offers More Evidence That the App Helps Women Conceive  —  Glow, which develops apps designed to help women manage their reproductive health, has raised $17 million in a Series B round …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen launches “Dollar a Day” email newsletter: subscribers donate $1 per day to featured nonprofits  —  Kickstarter Founder's Next Project Will Crowdfund Nonprofits With a Dollar a Day  —  Perry Chen, co-founder and former CEO of the seminal …
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Google's Sundar Pichai: Drive at 240m active users, Chromebooks approaching 50% US EDU market (Video)  —  During its Atmosphere Live event, Google's Sundar Pichai announced that the company's Drive cloud storage platform has over 240 million active users, up 190 from million since June.
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