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October 12, 2014, 11:35 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Walgreens Planning for October 18 Apple Pay Launch  —  An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees designed to prepare them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18.  —  A Saturday launch is unusual …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google trial lets you chat with doctors when you search for symptoms  —  Searching the web for symptoms of illness can be dangerous — you could identify a real condition, but you also risk scaring yourself for no reason through a misdiagnosis.  Google might have a solution that puts your mind at ease, though.
Eric Enge / Stone Temple Consulting:
Google Now comes way ahead of Siri and Cortana in a 3K+ voice knowledge-query test  —  The Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google Now vs. Siri vs. Cortana  —  Google's Knowledge Graph has been the center of much attention lately.  We have been hearing a lot about another concept called the Knowledge Vault as well.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
3.8M Raspberry Pis sold to date  —  Raspberry Pi Microcomputer Still Selling Like Hot Cakes  —  The UK designed Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which has triggered all sorts of creative single board computing projects — most recently being repurposed as the heart of a DIY computer designed …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service  —  Salesforce.com will unveil a new analytics service tomorrow morning they have dubbed Wave.  The product will be introduced by CEO Marc Benioff at the company's Dreamforce customer conference in San Francisco …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Patent trolling pays: Since 2010, trolls have made 3 times as much money in court as real companies  —  Two charts show how, even though patent trolls have lost recent battles, they are still winning the war.  —  Who deserves more money from a jury: a company that uses its patents to sue a competitor using its technology?
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
USPTO “business method” patent rejections increase to 78% in July, up from 24% in January, after Alice v. CLS Bank SCOTUS June decision  —  The patent office is rejecting a lot more software patents  —  A June Supreme Court decision on the legality of software patents has been sending shockwaves through the legal system.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
A woman game developer critical of #GamerGate flees home after death threats  —  Another Woman In Gaming Flees Home Following Death Threats  —  Game developer Brianna Wu fled her home last night, following what is becoming a distressingly frequent case of women in the gaming scene expressing fears …
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Reuters:
French bank BPCE teams with Twitter to offer person-to-person money transfer via tweets  —  French bank, Twitter team up for money transfers via tweets  —  (Reuters) - One of France's largest banks is teaming up with social network Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets.
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Kunal Gangar / Sammy Hub:
Samsung US offers two-year coverage against failure, accidental damage to Galaxy S4/5, Note 3/4, starting at $99  —  Samsung USA introduces Protection Plus Mobile Elite for Galaxy S, Galaxy Note devices  —  Samsung has announced a new warranty program for Americans that will protect their devices from any untoward damages.

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