October 19, 2014, 5:10 PM

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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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Gideon Rosenblatt / Medium:
Google's information processing and Amazon's transaction processing platforms are headed for a collision in the battle to dominate local retail  —  The Google—Amazon Retail Slugfest  —  Two competitors, seemingly in different businesses, now determine the future of shopping.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Latest leak gives best look yet at Motorola's Droid Turbo  —  Motorola's next Verizon-exclusive Android phone hasn't been announced, but a number of leaks have left very little to the imagination.  Now we're getting our best look yet at the device, called the Droid Turbo.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Remembering Macworld Expo: Why we went to the greatest trade show on earth  —  This morning IDG announced that Macworld Expo (later known as Macworld/iWorld) is going on hiatus.  How permanent this break is depends entirely on whether those running the show can find a financial model …
Tweets: @settern
Chris Welch / The Verge:
This is the Fitbit Surge, a $250 ‘superwatch’ with built-in GPS  —  GPS and heart rate monitoring headline Fitbit's next flagship wearable  —  Fitbit is preparing to launch three new fitness trackers in the coming weeks.  Two of those will be the Charge and Charge HR.
Tweets: @ow and @piercedavid
Marco Arment /
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 …
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Britain to increase maximum sentence for online bullying from six months to two years  —  Crackdown on the cyber-mobs poisoning Britain: Sentence for web trolls to be quadrupled to two years after shocking high-profile online abuse cases  —  Internet trolls who subject victims to vile abuse …

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