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October 8, 2014, 11:20 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Josh Miller Confirms He's Built Something, But It's Not Just About Anonymity  —  In response to the New York Times' report that he's leading a team working on an anonymous forum app for Facebook, product manager Josh Miller posted a tweetstorm saying apps need to serve a function …
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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 …
CNET:
Marc Andreessen on Zuckerberg, Twitter, Apple Watch, bitcoin, PayPal spinning off, and Snowden  —  Zuckerberg is world's best CEO, Twitter the eighth wonder, says Marc Andreessen  —  The venture capitalist has been tweeting up a storm, sharing his thoughts on everything from startups to activist shareholders.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Product Hunt Gets $6.1 Million Series A Funding From A16Z And Alexis Ohanian  —  Product Hunt, a community board where people can up vote tech products, officially announced the raise of $6.1 million in a Series A today, led by Andreessen Horowitz.  Y Combinator partner and Reddit co-founder …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Hacker News launches API with near real-time access to site's data  —  When you have a site called Hacker News that's a destination for developers, startups and anyone interested in the startup world, it only only makes sense to have an API.  —  Today the Y Combinator run Hacker News site announced …
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 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Review: CarPlay has promise, but the road to perfection is long  —  With Pioneer now offering aftermarket CarPlay support through their existing NEX displays, I got the chance to finally test drive CarPlay (without having to buy a new car) and see how Apple's driving-optimized iPhone experience performs on the road.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Truecaller Scores $60 Million In Series C From KPCB, Atomico, And Sequoia  —  Truecaller has just announced the raise of a $60 million in Series C led by Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Sequoia Capital.  —  As you might have noticed, TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden tracked …
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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT Advanced ahead of bankruptcy filing  —  As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier …
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 …

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