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October 22, 2014, 10:45 AM

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPad Air 2 is on equal footing with the MacBook Air for performance, forges ahead of iPhones  —  The iPad Air 2 (And a Few Cursory Words Regarding the iPad Mini 3)  —  The relationship between the iPad and the iPhone, performance-wise, has been hard to predict.
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Molly Wood / New York Times:
Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online  —  AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun.  —  The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
IBM's increasing EPS in recent years only due to buybacks, no real revenue growth since 2008  —  The Truth Hidden by IBM's Buybacks  —  For many years, the International Business Machines Corporation's earnings glided smoothly upward.  Every quarter, IBM would report higher earnings per share.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Homeboy is a $149 rechargeable low-power Wi-Fi security camera with a three month battery, on sale today  —  Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets  —  The new $149 camera sticks to walls to watch your home  —  After having his home burglarized for a third time …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
MicroBlink's PhotoMath app solves math problems scanned in through your phone's camera  —  MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone  —  Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again.  You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times  —  Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button.  An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop.  —  Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk  —  Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform.  While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it's done this with hotel bookings.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
SoftBank and Sequoia invest $100 million in Indonesian e-commerce startup Tokopedia  —  Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia has landed a $100 million round of funding led by SoftBank and Sequoia Capital.  —  In a press release today, the firms said the round was officially led by SoftBank Internet …
Bloomberg:
Tim Cook discusses user data protection with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai amid iCloud hacking claims  —  Apple's Cook Discusses User-Data With China Vice Premier  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to discuss protecting user data …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With “Hot Chick” Drivers  —  “Who said women don't know how to drive?” the Uber blog post asks.  The post was deleted after an inquiry from BuzzFeed News.  —  Yesterday, Uber's Lyon office unveiled a new promotion with an app called “Avions de Chasse.”
Eileen Yu / ZDNet:
Intel Capital dishes out $28M to Chinese wearable, mobile makers  —  Summary: Intel's investment unit distributes the first batch of its US$100 million China Smart Device Innovation Fund to several Chinese companies including EyeSmart Technology and Shenzhen Fibocom Industrial Development.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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