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October 15, 2014, 5:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
'iPad Air 2′ and 'iPad mini 3′ with Touch ID & Burst Mode confirmed, show up early in iTunes  —  Apple's iTunes Store has just made a little bit of a slip-up (and with perfect uncanny timing): screenshots for the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide have just appeared within iBooks and include Apple's upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Initial iPad Air 2 Supplies May Be Limited, 27-Inch Retina Display iMac Launching by End of 2014  —  Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO will offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015  —  HBO Says Web Subscriptions Coming in 2015  —  HBO says it's finally ready: Sometime in the next year the pay TV service will be selling a Web-only offering.  —  HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking at an investor presentation hosted …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Nexus 6: 6" Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 CPU, 13 megapixel rear camera, 15-min turbo charging, preorders start Oct. 29, from $649  —  Google's Nexus 6 is a giant phablet designed for Android Lollipop  —  Google is today introducing the Nexus 6, the latest in its line of smartphones designed …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nexus 9: 8.9" display, first 64-bit CPU in a Nexus, 9 hour battery life, preorders start Oct. 17, from $399, keyboard case sold separately  —  Google announces HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, coming November 3rd  —  Google has just announced the Nexus 9, an Android 5.0 tablet that the company designed in collaboration with HTC.
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores  —  Apple may soon stop selling the popular Fitbit devices, as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product set to launch sometime next year, according to sources.  —  It's unclear exactly why Apple will no longer sell the devices …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google Play downloads now exceed Apple's App Store by 60 percent, but iOS apps still make more money  —  According to the latest figures from App Annie's quarterly market reports, app downloads from the Google Play store outstripped downloads from the iOS App Store by around 60 percent in comparison to the same time last year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
EBay Beats The Street On Sales EPS Of $0.68, Misses On Sales Of $4.35B  —  E-commerce giant EBay, soon to be split into two businesses, today reported its third-quarter earnings.  The company reported revenues of $4.4 billion (or, $4.353 billion, to be exact), growing 12% on a year ago, on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.68.
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now  —  What began in 2011 as a brand-new phone category has flourished into one of the most popular in the world.  Smartphones with big screens (phablets, to some) are now ubiquitous, but it all started with an odd device called the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content  —  Thismoment, a company that helps businesses collect user-generated content for their own marketing efforts, is announcing that it has raised $17.6 million in Series D funding.  —  The company says it can …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Docker container support coming to Microsoft's next Windows Server release  —  Summary: Microsoft is building new container technologies into the next Windows Server release, enabling Dockerized applications to run on Windows Server on-premises or on Azure.  —  Docker container support …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm buys Bluetooth and GPS chip maker CSR for $2.5B  —  Qualcomm announced that it has agreed to acquire chip maker CSR for $2.5 billion in cash as part of its continuing strategy to dominate the electronics in mobile devices.  —  San Diego, Calif.-based Qualcomm will add a wide variety …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
AT&T No Longer Offering Beats Music Subscriptions to Customers  —  AT&T is no longer offering Beats Music subscriptions to its subscribers as an add-on service, according to an AT&T employee who spoke to MacRumors.  The cellular company has ceased giving customers the option to sign …
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