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October 19, 2014, 4:02 AM

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Snapchat:
Snapchat will show one ad in “Recent Updates” of US users this weekend, says it would be “totally rude” to put ads in personal communications  —  Advertising on Snapchat  —  This weekend we're placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States.
Judith Newman / New York Times:
How a 13-year-old autistic boy became best friends with Apple's Siri  —  How Apple's Siri Became One Autistic Boy's B.F.F.  —  Just how bad a mother am I?  I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.  Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple's “intelligent personal assistant” …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Behind Microsoft's controversial takedown of No-IP and other legal battles to defeat botnets  —  How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet  —  It was 7 o'clock in the morning when the knocking on Dan Durrer's front door woke him up.  His dog started barking, and Durrer thought he was getting an early morning package.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The Retina iMac versus the Mac Pro, on paper  —  The 5K Retina iMac is out, and it looks incredible so far on paper — so incredible that I'm seriously considering selling my new Mac Pro to get the Retina iMac instead.  In fact, the case for the Mac Pro for anyone but advanced video editors …
Chris Hamby / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Rebukes DEA For Impersonating Woman Online  —  After BuzzFeed News revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration had created a phony Facebook page using a real woman's name — without her knowledge — the company has told the agency it committed a “serious breach” of Facebook's terms of service.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time  —  Google is taking its versatile Android operating system into new places, like cars and watches and TVs.  As part of that process, it's also severely curtailing the degree to which hardware makers can tinker with the core parts of the software.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Flickr launches its first iPad app, exclusively for iOS 8  —  Flickr finally launches for iPad  —  Good news for Flickr users today - the Yahoo-owned photo-storage and sharing app has finally been optimized for iPad, though it will only work for those running iOS 8.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules  —  Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy.  —  Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google stops taking Nexus Player preorders in US Play Store due to lack of FCC certification  —  Google's Nexus Player Hasn't Passed FCC Certification Yet, ‘Out Of Inventory’ On The US Play Store  —  Today was an extremely exciting day for Android fans.  Besides brand new Lollipop preview images coming …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly  —  FBI Director James B. Comey on Thursday called for the law to be changed to require technology companies to provide investigators with a way to gain access to encrypted communications, warning that without reform …

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