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October 20, 2014, 9:40 PM

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Apple:
Strong iPhone, Mac & App Store Sales Drive Record September Quarter Revenue & Earnings  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2014—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Apple's Q4 beats estimates with $1.42 EPS on $42.1B revenue; sold 39.3M iPhones, 12.3M iPads, 5.5M Macs  —  Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales  —  Apple, once the darling of Wall Street with a ballooning stock price, has disappointed investors in recent quarters with slowdown on its growth.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Check Out Gmail 5.0 For Android And Google's Plan To Handle All Your Email Accounts In One App  —  Google's been updating apps left and right recently to fall in line with its new material design philosophy, and the results have been impressive.  There are a few apps it appears Google's saving …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, SMS Relay & Instant Hotspot, more  —  Just as Apple announced at its iPad & Mac event last Thursday, iOS 8.1 is now publicly available with new features including Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and additional Continuity features.
Percy / GreatFire.org:
Report: Chinese authorities conduct “man in the middle” attack on iCloud.com users to harvest their data  —  China collecting Apple iCloud data; attack coincides with launch of new iPhone  —  After previous attacks on Github, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the Chinese authorities …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Azure cloud in a box  —  Summary: In partnership with Dell, Microsoft is launching its Azure cloud in a box offering, codenamed ‘San Diego.’  —  Microsoft is teaming with Dell to create an Azure cloud in a box offering for customers who want to run their own, on-premises datacenters.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple pushing to cut the price of Beats Music subscriptions to $5 per month  —  Spotify Lowers Its Music Prices, Using a Family Plan.  Apple Wants to Go Lower.  —  Apple thinks streaming music should cost less.  Spotify agrees.  —  Spotify is effectively offering a price cut …
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook Sues Lawyers of Discredited “Co-Founder” Paul Ceglia  —  Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sued a handful of lawyers who represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case in which Ceglia claimed he was entitled to 84 percent ownership of the social network.  —  Ceglia's claim was dismissed earlier …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IBM stock drops over 6% after it misses earnings estimates, abandons 2015 earnings forecast  —  IBM Abandons Long-Promised 2015 Profit Target  —  IBM abandoned a long-promised plan to deliver $20 a share in profits by 2015 after suffering a significant slowdown in spending by its clients …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M  —  Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game.  The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Square Testing New Payroll Product as Ambition Grows  —  Square is running a pilot test for a new payroll product as the company continues to expand its offerings to complement its main payments business.  —  The new payroll product, spotted by a tipster, is designed to handle employee payments …

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