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October 15, 2014, 1:50 PM

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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 …
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.
CNET:
Nexus 6 phone preorders start Oct. 29, from $649; Nexus 9 tablet Oct. 17, from $399; Nexus Player streamer Oct. 17, from $99; all running Lollipop  —  Google unveils Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 phone, Nexus Player streamer  —  The products will serve as the showcase devices for the latest version of Android …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google Nexus 6 has 6 inch display, is designed for Android Lollipop  —  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 to show off the capabilities of new Android releases.
Bodo Möller / Google Online Security Blog:
Google discloses SSL 3.0 vulnerability POODLE, recommends clients and servers support TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV to prevent protocol downgrade attacks, says Chrome does  —  This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback  —  Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0.
Adam Langley / ImperialViolet:
POODLE detailed; how to disable SSL 3.0 in Chrome, Firefox; disabling it on servers may break IE6  —  POODLE attacks on SSLv3  —  My colleague, Bodo Möller, in collaboration with Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz (also Googlers), just posted details about a padding oracle attack against CBC-mode ciphers in SSLv3.
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.
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate  —  Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.  She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate …
Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
Gett Now Pays Drivers Over Twice As Much As Uber  —  Offering $10 rides anywhere in Manhattan brought in the users.  Now they need the drivers.  —  When Gett Taxi, the dark horse competition in New York for Uber and Lyft, started offering a flat rate of $10 for rides anywhere in Manhattan, it put them on the map in NYC overnight.
Michael Brown / PC World:
Sonos Boost, a high-power signal amplifier, now available for $99  —  Sonos Boost promises to eliminate network dead spots on a Sonos network  —  If you own a Sonos multi-room audio system but have trouble with dead spots, Sonos has good news for you: The all-new Sonos Boost …
More: TechCrunch and 9to5Mac
Rob Hayes / abc7.com:
Disney Accelerator program invests in 10 tech startups  —  Ten companies, 15 weeks and $120,000.  Three components of Disney Accelerator, a mentorship and investment program designed for tech startups with a focus on media and entertainment.  —  The program brings together ten companies for 15 weeks to incubate their ideas.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Asus' PadFone X mini $200 phone-tablet hybrid with Intel processor coming to AT&T on Oct 24th  —  Intel finally gets a break with big smartphone chip customer Asus  —  Above: Asus smartphone with Intel chips  —  Intel finally has a big customer for its smartphone chips.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Alipay to U.S. Retailers: Let Us Be Your One-Stop Shop for Selling Into China  —  Alipay, China's popular online payments service, wants a piece of the U.S. e-commerce market and is using its close ties with Alibaba to pitch itself as the ideal conduit between American retailers and Chinese shoppers.
More: Bloomberg
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Apple Asks Court's Permission to Challenge GT Bankruptcy — In Secret  —  Apple is seeking court permission to lodge its objections to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing in secret, to protect details of its confidential agreements with its would-be supplier of sapphire crystal.

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