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October 3, 2014, 4:25 PM

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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple to hold event for iPads, iMacs and Yosemite on October 16  —  Code/red: Apple to Hold iPad Event on October 16  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — JPMorgan Chase continues to vigilantly monitor its, cough, “situation.”  — The Evernote Conference.  — Tom and Jerry's new racism warning on Amazon Prime.
Jayadevan PK / The Economic Times:
Google is developing a WhatsApp-like standalone messaging app likely to launch in 2015, targeting India and other emerging markets  —  Google planning to launch own mobile messaging app similar to WhatsApp  —  BANGALORE: After losing WhatsApp to Facebook in a multibillion dollar acquisition bid …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo planning to reinvest some of its Alibaba cash in Snapchat at a $10B valuation  —  Yahoo Nears Investment in Snapchat  —  Internet Portal Part of Fundraising Talks That Value Messaging App at $10 Billion  —  Yahoo Inc. plans to reinvest some of the cash it made from an early bet …
Reuters:
Facebook plotting first steps in healthcare: support communities for ailments and preventative care apps  —  Exclusive: Facebook plots first steps into healthcare  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention.
TechCrunch:
Yahoo acqui-hires Whatsapp-like messaging app MessageMe, which had raised $11.9M  —  Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe  —  Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding.
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Marriott to pay $600K settlement for FCC complaint about jamming guest hotspots  —  Marriott Settles FCC Complaint About Blocking Rival Wi-Fi Networks  —  Marriott International agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a federal complaint that it illegally blocked rival Wi-Fi networks at a Nashville resort …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
New data suggests FBI may be lying about how it located Silk Road's server and IP address  —  Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes in FBI's Story  —  New court documents released this week by the U.S. government in its case against the alleged ringleader of the Silk Road online black market …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Asks the Music Labels for a Price Cut on Streaming Subscriptions  —  There are lots of music subscription services that let people listen to all the songs they want for $10 a month.  —  Apple thinks that price is too high.  —  Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels …
Graham Cluley:
Malware dubbed Mac.BackDoor.iWorm has has infected 17k Macs, forming a botnet which receives communications from Reddit posts  —  17,000 Macs recruited into malware botnet, with a little help from Reddit  —  Researchers at Russian anti-virus company Dr Web believe that they have uncovered a new botnet …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Steve Jobs Biopic as Contenders Line Up  —  Instead of making the untitled project after shooting ‘The Revenant,’ the actor has removed himself from the biopic altogether  —  Leonardo DiCaprio will not be tackling the role of Steve Jobs.
Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
ISPs secretly angry at Verizon for suing FCC, which opened up net neutrality rules for debate  —  Why the Broadband Industry Is Secretly Furious With Verizon Over Net Neutrality  —  The company's lawsuit against the FCC stirred a hornet's nest that may ultimately result in tougher regulations for everyone.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU Commission clears Facebook's $19 billion bid for WhatsApp  —  (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators approved on Friday a $19 billion offer by Facebook, the world's most popular social network, for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp.  —  The landmark deal is the largest …
Matt Jones / Facebook:
Facebook has obtained $2B in legal judgments against spammers, touts its defenses against fake likes  —  Keeping Facebook Activity Authentic  —  People come to Facebook to connect with the people and businesses they care about, so we maintain a global team that focuses on building systems to keep unwanted …

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