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October 8, 2014, 12:35 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook working on stand-alone mobile app that will allow anonymous discussion; release expected in coming weeks  —  Facebook Readies App Allowing Anonymity  —  Facebook has long attempted to be the place where, above all else, you try to be yourself.  —  Soon, Facebook will allow you to be yourself, but under a different name.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders  —  Twitter, the world's largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department's restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government's …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
New Google+ Head David Besbris: We're Here for the Long Haul (Q&A)  —  Google+ isn't dying anytime soon, says Google's new head of social media David Besbris.  —  Of course, you'd expect the person in charge of the social network to say so, despite the fact that it's hard to ignore the chatter …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
AAA study: hands-free Siri more distracting while driving than other voice-control systems  —  AAA says Apple's Siri causes potentially dangerous driver distractions  —  According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
The year of Watson continues: IBM announces a slew of new partners, public cloud integration, & more  —  Above: IBM's Watson headquarters in Manhattan  —  NEW YORK — IBM's Watson supercomputer is on a roll.  —  More than a month after opening up Watson's cognitive computing capabilities to researchers …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Adobe's Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader sends reading logs to company servers in plan text; Adobe says it's working on a fix  —  Adobe's e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated]  —  Adobe even logs what you read in Digital Editions' instruction manual.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Google rolls out local News & Weather app for iOS  —  Google just introduced a new app for iOS that displays local news and weather.  It's like the nightly local news except on your iPhone or iPad.  —  The News & Weather app for iOS is “your comprehensive and personalized view of headline stories …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Plastc, a card to digitally replace other payment cards, is up for $155 pre-order, ships in summer 2015  —  Plastc wants to replace your entire wallet with a single card  —  How much technology can you fit into a 0.8-millimeter-thick credit card?  —  Last November, Coin offered a first taste of what was possible.
Bloomberg:
Symantec Said to Explore Split Into Security, Storage Cos  —  Symantec Corp. (SYMC) is exploring a breakup, according to people with knowledge of the matter, joining other large technology companies that are trying to make their businesses more focused and nimble.
More: Fortune and Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Social Curation Platform Storify Gets A Redesign With Support For Group Collaboration  —  Storify, a service that allows users to curate tweets, photos, and other social media posts to create a coherent story, is getting a new design.  More than just giving the product a new look …
Robert Lemos / Ars Technica:
Dozens of European ATMs rooted, allowing criminals to easily cash out  —  Criminals with physical access to ATMs install malware to control flow of money.  —  Criminals are installing fairly sophisticated malicious programs on banks' ATMs, allowing them to control access to the machines …
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Kano Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers and Learn to Code  —  If you ask a typical 10-year-old today what's inside her computer, or how the software is created, she's likely to be baffled.  Today's sleek notebooks and desktops, and the apps they run, are a far cry from the crude models …
More: Lifehacker, Gigaom and The VergeThanks:@brewpr

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