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October 23, 2014, 1:30 PM

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Bloomberg:
Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's film, which will begin shooting in the 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. …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Ello raises $5.5M round led by Foundry Group; investors and founders commit to ad free mission and convert Ello to a public benefit corporation  —  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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic  —  It's not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook's first product that allows you to ditch your real name.  Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Twitter's Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop  —  Twitter is looking to have its Google moment, the time when the tech giant began pushing to become more than just an Internet search engine.  —  For Twitter, this means staking a claim on the mobile universe as smartphones …
Matthew Miller / Reuters:
Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook holds a new iPad after a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014.  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores …
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 …
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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.
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Jawbone Drop Creates Tweet-Enabled Playlists for Your Jambox  —  Jawbone just made its Jambox speaker an even better party accessory.  —  The company rolled out a new music app, Jawbone Drop, that allows users to manage group playlists with tweets.  —  Unveiled at Twitter's Flight conference Wednesday …

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