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October 24, 2014, 8:00 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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  —  Credit: J. Martin Harris Photography/PSDC  —  ROSWELL, N.M. — A well-known computer scientist parachuted …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple awards eight top executives stock worth up to $27M each; vesting begins in April 2017  —  Apple hands 8 execs stock awards worth up to $27M  —  Apple recently awarded eight executives stock grants that were worth almost $13 million each at Thursday's closing price, with as much as another $14 million up for grabs.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
iPad Mini 3 teardown reveals an NFC controller and that hot glue is used to affix the home button  —  Teardown shows iPad mini 3's “hastily glued” Touch ID Home button makes for difficult screen repairs  —  Following a teardown of the new iPad Air 2 earlier this week …
Xinhua News Agency:
Tim Cook says bringing Apple Pay to China is his top priority there  —  China Exclusive: Tim Cook: Apple wants everything it develops to enter China market  —  Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said he hopes to adapt all of Apple's developments to work for the Chinese market, which he describes as a “key market” for the tech giant.

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