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October 21, 2014, 1:50 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Staples investigating credit card breach at its retail stores after multiple banks report fraud  —  Banks: Credit Card Breach at Staples Stores  —  Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks  —  Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand  —  Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google beefs up 2-step verification with physical USB Security Key option in Chrome  —  Google today announced it is beefing up its two-step verification feature with Security Key, a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website.
Sharon Profis / CNET:
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds  —  It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that.  The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps  —  Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly.
TechCrunch:
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 …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use  —  Samsung Electronics' Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.  —  The Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) …

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