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October 8, 2014, 7:25 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.
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 …
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 …
Bethany McLean / Vanity Fair:
Can C.E.O. Satya Nadella Save Microsoft?  —  The Empire Reboots  —  Over the last decade, as the biggest force in tech history hurtled toward irrelevance (albeit lucratively), a few blamed Microsoft' s woes on founder Bill Gates, while most pointed to his successor as C.E.O., Steve Ballmer.
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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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google mobile app can now surface your past and upcoming bills from your Gmail account  —  Google today updated its main Android and iOS with support for surfacing past and upcoming bills.  If you have the payment due date and amount in your Gmail account, the Google mobile app will find it.
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.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Adobe's Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader sends reading logs to company servers in plain 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.

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