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October 16, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook announces Safety Check, a tool that lets you announce you're safe during natural disasters  —  Introducing Safety Check  —  In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates.  It is in these moments that communication is most critical …
Sammy the Walrus IV / AAPL Orchard:
Apple should stop selling the iPad Mini, introduce an iPad Pro to revive a product that is getting squeezed between larger phones and lighter laptops  —  Thoughts on iPad  —  The iPad is at a crossroads.  Introduced by Steve Jobs four years ago, the iPad has gone on to become a phenomenal success …
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Reddit Acquires Alien Blue, The Most Popular Unofficial Reddit App  —  If you're even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue.  As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it's pretty much the undisputed champ.  —  It seems reddit would agree.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
will.i.am introduces Puls cuff with voice control, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, more  —  Will.i.am introduces the Puls smartwatch  —  When you think wearables you don't usually think international superstar or Salesforce.  Push aside that old way of thinking aside …
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony's new movie “Jobs”  —  Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs in New Movie  —  Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who has played Batman and Moses, is about to take on another iconic figure: Steve Jobs.  —  Sources confirm the actor …
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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Emily Steel / New York Times:
CBS to offer standalone web subscription service CBS All Access at $5.99/month in 14 cities  —  CBS to Offer Stand-Alone Web Subscription Service  —  CBS unveiled a new subscription Internet streaming service on Thursday that lets people watch its live television programming and thousands …
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims  —  Actions of intelligence agencies are ‘corrosive of online privacy’, Ben Emmerson says in response to Edward Snowden leaks  —  Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” …
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Alex Wagner / PhoneDog:
HP: webOS cloud services, App Catalog to shut down on January 15  —  Earlier this month, we learned that LG may be working on a new webOS SmartWatch, which would be the first new mobile webOS product in quite some time.  Unfortunately, now we have a bit of bad webOS news to balance out the good.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Nearly 75% of all Airbnb rentals in New York illegal, says NY Attorney General Schneiderman  —  Airbnb Listings Mostly Illegal, State Contends  —  Airbnb, the pioneering home rental service, presents itself as useful and virtuous, but the reality is far less benign, according to a report …

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