October 17, 2014, 5:40 PM

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Guardian responds to Whisper's denials, stands by its claims, urges media and users to keep pressing Whisper  —  Whisper: the facts  —  Executives from the anonymous social media app have dismissed as a ‘pack of lies’ the Guardian's revelation that they track users.  But the evidence is clear
Jonathan Zdziarski:
Whisper iOS app collects user location within 100 meters, data could be fuzzed server-side  —  Preliminary Findings on Whisper  —  At the suggestion of @kashhill, I did a brief analysis of the Whisper iOS application, which appears to be at the height of controversy with respect to user privacy.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Snapchat ads to roll out this weekend, will appear as a single ad in “Recent Updates” for US users, never in personal communications  —  Advertising on Snapchat  —  This weekend we're placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google's VP of engineering for Android is now also overseeing Chrome OS's engineering team, pointing to a possible convergence of the OSes  —  Executive Change Is Latest Hint of Chrome-Android Marriage  —  A management shift inside Google points to the possibility that the company's two operating systems will come together.
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 …
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus preview images  —  As promised, Google today released the full Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, along with updated developer images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.  The latest version of Android isn't available just yet …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's iPhone 6 Finally Makes Its Debut in China  —  Apple launched its latest iPhone in China on Friday morning.  But unlike some past debuts for its new gadgets, the event was decidedly low-key.  —  About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple's store …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gaming company Razer valued at $1B+ after new funding from Intel  —  Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+  —  Razer, the San Diego-based high-end gaming tech company, is on a roll.  In the wake of the latest models of its thin Blade gaming laptops, a partnership with Tencent in China …
Allen Pike:
Developer notes difficulties of supporting old iPads, says obsolescence of A5 CPU is overdue  —  The iPad zombie  —  In March 2011, Apple announced the iPad 2.  It was an incredible leap forward, dramatically thinner and faster than the original iPad.  In many ways, the iPad 2 was when the iPad hit its stride.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
Obama nominates ex-Google lawyer Michelle Lee to head US patent office in a victory for Silicon Valley  —  Obama nominates former Google exec to lead U.S. Patent Office  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria in 2011.  (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  Michelle K. Lee …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
After raising $600K, Anonabox Privacy Router project is suspended by Kickstarter for misleading funders, investors' pledges will be canceled  —  Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders  —  All August Germar asked for was $7,500 to fund his privacy-focused router project.
Ellen Huet / Forbes:
Uber fired driver for tweeting negative articles about company; driver has since been re-hired  —  Uber Deactivated A Driver For Tweeting A Negative Story About Uber  —  Uber's watching you, and if you say something bad about the company, you might get booted out.

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