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October 5, 2014, 9:45 AM

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Redbox Instant streaming video service operated by Redbox and Verizon is shutting down on October 7  —  Redbox Instant is shutting down October 7  —  A year and a half after its official launch, Redbox Instant is calling it quits.  The shut-down shows how hard it is to compete with Netflix for streaming video subscriptions.
Jake Swearingen / The Atlantic Online:
A Year After Death of Silk Road, Darknet Markets Are Booming  —  It's been one year since the FBI shut down Silk Road, the granddaddy of darknet marketplaces, and arrested main Silk Road admin Ross William Ulbricht (or, as he was known online, Dread Pirate Roberts).
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Christopher White / Neowin:
Gates talks Apple Pay, Bitcoin, Nadella and how Office needs to be dramatically better  —  There's no denying the fact that Bill Gates is a very smart man, and that he has a passion not only for technology but also for helping the poor through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Unsealed documents in patent suit show Samsung paid Microsoft $1B in royalties last year, as Microsoft now seeks $6.9M in unpaid interest  —  Microsoft Says Samsung Owes It $6.9 Million in Contract Dispute  —  Microsoft's lawsuit against Samsung was unsealed on Friday …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Wanted MessageMe Before Yahoo Bought It For Up To $30-$40M  —  Earlier today we reported that messaging app MessageMe was getting acquired by Yahoo — which MessageMe has now confirmed on its site, along with the inevitable news that the app is shutting down, effective November 7.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
After legal threat, Google says it removed ‘tens of thousands’ of iCloud hack pics  —  Summary: Google says it has taken down many of the pictures of stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts and posted on its online properties.  —  Liam Tung  —  Google has hit out at accusations it was slow …

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