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October 23, 2014, 11:20 AM

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Bloomberg:
Christian Bale confirmed to play role of Steve Jobs, shooting will begin in next couple of months  —  Christian Bale Didn't Have to Audition for Jobs Film Role  —  Actor Christian Bale didn't have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. (AAPL) co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter's new SDK Fabric represents an audacious plan to live inside every app  —  Twitter's Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps  —  Twitter is releasing a new software development kit today at its developer's conference.  It's called Fabric.  It does lots of very pretty things …
Jeff Seibert / The Twitter Blog:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
iFixit:
iPad Air 2 Teardown  —  Step 1 — iPad Air 2 Teardown Just add air?  That would be too easy.  Apple has packaged all kinds of revised hardware into its thinnest tablet yet: Fully laminated, 9.7" IPS Multi-Touch LCD with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 ppi and antireflective coating A8X 64-bit CPU …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg gives 30-minute public interview in Chinese at Tsinghua University  —  Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind  —  Think you're too busy to learn another language?  Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category  —  Peak Google  —  Despite the hype about disruption, the truth is most tech giants, particularly platform providers, are not so much displaced as they are eclipsed.  IBM, for example …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets without compensation  —  German Publishers Bow To Google's Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight  —  A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Grow Its Ad-Free Social Network  —  Ello, the ad-free social network that promises users it will never sell their data, has raised $5.5 million in new venture funding, according to CEO Paul Budnitz.  —  The round was led by Foundry Group in Boulder, Colo. …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google's DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford  —  Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device  —  Late in 2012, when Tim Cook was relatively fresh on the job as Apple's chief executive, he made a sudden and potentially risky shuffle in the firm's executive ranks.  He fired Scott Forstall, who had been in charge of Apple's mobile operating system …
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @nytimes
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google aims to reinvent email with Inbox, a marriage of Gmail and Google Now, currently invite-only  —  Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google  —  The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price  —  When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as “iPad day.”  Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show.
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