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October 29, 2014, 10:45 PM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
CurrentC alerts users of its pilot program that some email addresses were stolen by hackers  —  Wal-Mart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Hacked  —  Here's a bad sign for CurrentC, the fledgling mobile payment system in development by a consortium of retailers.
TechCrunch:
MCX: open to switching from QR codes to NFC and non-exclusivity; reported hack only occurred at email provider  —  MCX Says QR Payments App Will Pivot To NFC If Necessary, Won't Fine Retailers Who Break Exclusivity  —  In a virtual press conference today, MCX's CEO Dekkers Davidson said “We're agnostic about technology.
Chris Moody / The Twitter Blog:
IBM to incorporate Twitter data into their analytics tools, enterprise solutions  —  Changing the way business decisions are made  —  We believe that social data has unlimited value, and near limitless application.  Today, we're taking an important step toward unleashing this value through a new relationship with IBM.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft's health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker  —  Microsoft Health, the Microsoft Band, and a plan to unite the world  —  Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small.  —  Yusuf Mehdi is sitting at a conference table at the company's campus in Redmond …
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases  —  Update: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below.  —  Microsoft hasn't officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Unclassified White House network breached by hackers thought to be working for Russia, no system damage or evidence of classified network hack  —  Hackers breach some White House computers  —  Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
YouTube Finally Supports 60FPS, And It Looks Awesome  —  Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second—plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games.  Today, the video network has finally started rolling out the new service …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
MPAA, movie theaters announce “zero tolerance” policy against wearables  —  A movie theater industry group and the Motion Picture Association of America updated their anti-piracy policies and said that “wearable devices” must be powered off at show time.  —  “Individuals who fail or refuse …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)  —  Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now — after two attempts that never really went anywhere =- the search giant seems poised to get it what it wants.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
After a blow from Apple, Nomi sells to Brickstream  —  Even the smallest change to Apple's iOS platform can have a huge impact.  Tiny tweaks, such as the decision to improve privacy settings on iOS8, can wipe out whole categories of app makers.  —  Take Nomi, a New York-based startup.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google will discuss ‘major changes and advances’ for its modular smartphone in January  —  Google plans to update developers on the state of its Project Ara modular smartphones at a series of conferences held early next year, where it'll discuss “major changes and advances” …
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Google Hangouts now lets you make free one-minute international calls  —  Google announced yesterday that users in 25 countries will now get the first minute free on international calls to 25 countries they make via its Hangouts app.  —  Google's Hangouts app for desktops and mobile …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade  —  Reddit is continuing to expand its presence beyond its wildly popular sharing site — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a service that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the over-the-top messaging app intends to launch voice calling services in the first quarter of 2015.  The company, which Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) recently finished acquiring …

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