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October 20, 2014, 9:45 AM

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Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Microsoft plans to launch a fitness-focused wearable in the next few weeks with more than two-day battery life, multi-platform support  —  Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device Within Weeks  —  Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned.
Bloomberg:
IBM Agrees to Pay Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Chip Unit  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
IBM Drops 7% on Q3 Miss; $4.7B Charge to Divest Chip Unit  —  Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) are down $13.32, over 7%, at $168.73, in early trading, after the company this morning reported Q3 revenue and earnings per share that missed analysts' estimates …
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Marc Andreessen on the evolution of Silicon Valley and technology's impact on the economy  —  Marc Andreessen on Why Optimism Is Always the Safest Bet  —  The Netscape creator turned Silicon Valley sage on why optimism is always the safest bet.  —  It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.
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.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Spotify announces family plans for up to 5 users  —  Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features.  —  Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music …
John Herrman / The Awl:
Doctors share and discuss anonymous photos of patients with Instagram-like app Figure 1  —  The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram  —  A few months ago I came across an old story about an app called Figure 1.  It was billed as “Medicine's Answer to Instagram,” and had apparently just raised a couple million dollars.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Tesla built a sophisticated autonomous driving system, but its advancements are incremental  —  Tesla's autopilot isn't special (but it's still cool)  —  An important non-revolution for self-driving cars  —  “We've been able to accelerate autopilot and bring it to market faster …
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