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October 24, 2014, 11:35 PM

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Re/code:
Larry Page reorgs staff, transfers leadership of core Google products to Sundar Pichai  —  Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page Reorgs Staff, Anoints Sundar Pichai as New Product Czar  —  In a significant reorganization of Google management, CEO Larry Page is transferring leadership …
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini 3  —  Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Nest Acquires Home Automation Hub Revolv, but Will Stop Selling It  —  Nest today said it had acquired Revolv, the smart-home automation device maker, for its developer platform.  —  The deal closed this morning with undisclosed terms.  It wasn't about adding the Revolv home automation hub …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's music sales down 13% this year; Beats Music to relaunch as part of iTunes in 2015  —  Apple iTunes Sees Big Drop in Music Sales  —  Dive of at Least 13% in Download Sales Underscores Music Industry's Fragile Recovery
Michael Heyward / Whisper:
Whisper responds to Guardian's “10 questions”, says members of editorial team put on leave  —  Setting The Record Straight  —  I wrote last Saturday that we welcome the current discussion around Whisper, and are grateful to those who have shared thoughtful feedback with us.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google's New Search Downranking Hits Torrent Sites Hard  —  In recent years Hollywood and the music industry have taken a rather aggressive approach against Google.  The entertainment industry companies have accused the search engine of not doing enough to limit piracy, and demanded more stringent anti-piracy measures.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform  —  Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S …
Bloomberg:
Google bought six Redwood City office buildings totaling about 934,200 square feet for $585M  —  Google Said to Buy Redwood City Offices for $585 Million  —  Google Inc. (GOOGL) bought six office buildings northwest of its Silicon Valley headquarters from Starwood Capital Group LLC and Blackstone Group LP …
Tiina Jaatinen / Conversations:
Nokia Lumia to become Microsoft Lumia; Nokia branding to continue on entry-level phones  —  Say hello to Microsoft Lumia  —  When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application  —  Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon's own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately.  And this is a bit of a hassle …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google VP Alan Eustace breaks Felix Baumgartner's world record for highest-altitude jump  —  Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner's World Record  — A well-known computer scientist parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere on Friday …

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