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October 17, 2014, 9:25 AM

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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 …
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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.
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.
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
Analysts Ask What's Next for Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.  —  On a conference call with analysts on Thursday, after Google reported its third-quarter earnings, the questions came fast and furious …
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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Facebook may have solved mobile, but Google is still struggling with it  —  Although Google missed the earnings mark, its overall health is strong.  —  Google's mobile ad strategy is sounding a lot like Facebook's these days.  On its third quarter earnings call Thursday …
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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.
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Quartz:
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry  —  Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple's new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Fresh launches in New York, starting with Brooklyn's Park Slope area, for Amazon Prime members  —  Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City  —  Amazon's grocery delivery business is launching in New York City on Friday, the company said …
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
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Firefox Hello adds video chat to Mozilla's browser  —  With its online chat feature, Mozilla works to break down the walls around services like Microsoft Skype and Google Hangouts.  —  Eager to infuse the Web with the communications interactivity of mobile apps, Mozilla on Thursday announced a video chat service called Hello.
Russ Garland / Wall Street Journal:
VC investments in Q3 2014 at $11.01B, down 24% from Q2 but up 16% from Q3 2013  —  Venture Investment Slows in Third Quarter But Already Exceeds Last Year  —  Venture investors tapped the brakes in the third quarter, but the pace was still well ahead of last year with $37.28 billion deployed …

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