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October 16, 2014, 10:55 PM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
iPad Air 2: 6.1mm, A8X, 8MP rear camera, Touch ID, gold version, preorder Oct. 17 from $499  —  iPad Air 2 announced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 'world's thinnest' body, available for $499 and shipping next week  —  Apple is introducing the iPad Air 2, a new version …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple:
iMac with Retina display: 27" 5120x2880 pixel “5K” display, 5mm at its thinnest, available today from $2499  —  Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display  —  Apple® today unveiled the 27-inch iMac® with Retina® 5K display, featuring the world's highest resolution display …
Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
iMac with Retina Display Eyes-On: It's Gorgeous, Of Course  —  The Apple iMac with Retina display looks brilliant.  I mean, of course it does: There are just too many freaking pixels here (and too much of Apple's reputation for excellence) for it to be anything but stellar.
Apple:
Mac Mini: updated CPU and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 802.11ac, on sale today from $499  —  Apple Updates Mac mini  —  Now Starts at $499  —  Apple® today updated Mac® mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value.
Google:
Google Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  —  “Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.
Guardian:
Whisper, the anonymous social media app, tracks users who have opted out of geolocation services, shares information with US DoD, stores data indefinitely  —  Revealed: how Whisper app tracks anonymous users  — Company shares some information with US Department of Defense
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Richard Slatter / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter partners with Soundcloud to launch Audio Card, a new way to share audio in timeline  —  Introducing a new audio experience on Twitter  —  The world's most influential musicians and media producers already share unique audio content through Twitter every day.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
OS X Yosemite and updated iWork are available today for free  —  Apple releases OS X Yosemite for Mac for free; iWork updated  —  Summary: Apple's latest desktop operating system lands on existing and new iMacs and MacBooks for free.  Also updated, the company's iWork productivity suite.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
OS X Yosemite review: Handoff, a Dropbox-like iCloud Drive, and CloudKit culminate in a unified platform  —  OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review  —  When the book is finally closed on the product line known as OS X, last year's release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks may end up getting short shrift.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay is available starting Oct. 20, 500 more banks signed up  —  As expected, today during its iPad and Mac event Apple announced an official Oct. 20 launch date for Apple Pay, its new payments service unveiled earlier this year alongside the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 models.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Couldn't Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All On Oct 25th  —  The reports of Twitpic's survival were greatly exaggerated.  Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo sharing service today announced …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google: The New “Messenger” App In Android 5.0 Is A Stock SMS/MMS Solution, Not A Hangouts Replacement / Rebrand  —  There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger.  We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go?
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Apple Announces Apple Watch SDK, Launches In November  —  Apple just announced its SDK for the upcoming Apple Watch.  Called WatchKit, the kit launches next month.  The word comes from Tim Cook speaking today at an event held at the Apple Campus.  —  WatchKit will give developers the tools needed to build app for the Apple Watch.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
Verizon Lumia 735 not scheduled until early 2015  —  Verizon has yet to announce the Nokia Lumia 735 as coming to the carrier, and there may be a good reason for that: it is not due until 2015.  Multiple sources have confirmed with Windows Phone Central that the Verizon branded Lumia 735 with LTE …

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