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October 21, 2014, 1:30 AM

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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.
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.
Sharon Profis / CNET:
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.
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 …
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 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple clarifies Spotlight Search data and location sharing, says information shared is minimal  —  Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know  —  A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.
iFixit:
Mac Mini 2014 teardown: CPU and RAM soldered to logic board, impeding user repairs or upgrades  —  Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown  —  This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.  —  It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table …
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 …
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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