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October 9, 2014, 12:30 PM

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Carl Icahn / Shareholders Square Table:
Carl Icahn sends open letter to Tim Cook, wants Apple to make a tender offer for shares  —  Sale: Apple Shares at Half Price  —  “IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION”  —  As a large Apple shareholder with approximately 53 million shares, we applaud you and the rest of management …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple suppliers postpone production of 12.9" iPad from December to early next year, to cope with strong iPhone demand  —  Larger Apple iPad to Be Delayed  —  Apple Suppliers Concentrating on Meeting Demand for New iPhones  —  Apple Inc. suppliers have pushed back plans to mass produce …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Surging Mac sales put Apple among top five global PC vendors for first time, IDC says  —  The Macintosh may have posted its strongest worldwide market share yet last quarter, according to the latest estimates from IDC, which place Apple among the top five global PC vendors for the first time.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
US Spy Programs May Break the Internet if Not Reformed, Google Leader Says  —  PALO ALTO — You own your data.  And the government needs to start respecting that.  —  This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes slew of commitments to get businesses hooked on Surface  —  Microsoft today made a slew of announcements as part of a new commitment to Surface for business.  —  The company says firms have been asking it about a longer-term commitment to Surface for businesses of all sizes.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Unity, one gaming development platform to unite them all, up for sale  —  A presentation pitching Unity has been circulating around the games industry, sources say.  The potential buyer gets popular software that powers games, large and small.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC introduces Desire Eye, with highest resolution front-facing camera on a smartphone, 13MP front and back  —  HTC's Desire Eye wants to be the king of selfies  —  The Desire Eye has the most powerful front-facing camera ever put on a smartphone  —  It's no secret that taking selfies …
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Snapchat CEO Spiegel Says Untargeted Advertising Is Coming Soon  —  Snapchat, the popular mobile app for disappearing messages, is close to launching its first disappearing ads as the company sets out to prove its $10 billion valuation.  —  Evan Spiegel, the startup's 24-year-old co-founder …
Sarah / The Imgur Blog:
Imgur will convert GIF uploads to new .GIFV format MP4 videos for smaller, high quality files  —  Introducing GIFV  —  GIFs are no longer about .GIFs-the culture of the GIF now trumps the file format.  With Project GIFV, Imgur is reimagining the looping GIF video with all the richness it deserves as a key piece of Internet culture.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Alibaba Invests $50 Million in TV Remote App Peel  —  Alibaba, the Chinese tech giant, continues to place financial bets outside of its core e-commerce focus, investing $50 million into entertainment app maker Peel.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup makes apps for smartphones …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
New Relic Buys Dashboard Tool Ducksboard As It Continues Expansion Into Analytics  —  When you think of New Relic, you might think of traditional server-side application performance monitoring, and of course New Relic does that and other monitoring tasks, but increasingly it's moving …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App  —  Google's Chromecast is the most popular “connected device” - or so infers a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which analyzed the top apps associated with connected devices across both iTunes and Google Play …

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