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October 30, 2014, 6:30 PM

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:
Tim Cook publicly acknowledges he's gay, says giving up his personal privacy is worthwhile if he can help someone who is struggling  —  Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.  I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Thank you, Tim Cook  —  Why we're not “moving on” from the Apple CEO's big statement today  —  In a way, what Tim Cook said today felt inevitable.  At least since 2008, when Owen Thomas asked the question in Gawker, a steady accretion of reporting has suggested Apple's chief executive is gay.
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Instagram's Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands  —  Disney, Activision and Banana Republic among early buyers  —  After six months of testing, Instagram's video ads are officially here.  —  Instagram, owned by Facebook has deals to show 15-second autoplay spots from Disney …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store  —  The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8's support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Seth Rogen Set as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic  —  Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic.  —  Variety reported on Oct. 15 that Bale was in talks to star in “Jobs,” Sony's biopic about the late Apple co-founder.
Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Health announced: a platform that works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, and more; app available for Windows Phone, Android, iOS  —  Introducing Microsoft Health  —  Today we're announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health.  Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: Tablet shipments grew 11.5% in Q3 2014, but leaders Apple, Samsung, and Asus all lost market share  —  The tablet market continues to grow, albeit not as quickly as before.  Q4 2013 saw 53.8 million units ship worldwide, up 11.5 percent from 47.6 million the same quarter last year.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
LG slims smartphone bezels to a virtually non-existent 0.7mm  —  You might talk about how much you hate large bezels, but LG is actually doing something about it.  It just unveiled a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, less than the width of a credit card.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Capriza, which enables anyone to convert desktop business applications for use on mobile, raises $27M Series C  —  Capriza Raises $27 Million to Bring Unwieldy Business Apps to Mobile  —  Taking old and unwieldy business applications and making them usable on mobile devices has been pursued …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Smule's karaoke app update now lets you make music videos with friends  —  Karaoke is experiencing a rise in popularity.  As a society, we've seen that singing in public, both on TV and YouTube, isn't as weird as our parents led us to believe.  In fact, it could lead to to fame and riches.
More: VentureBeat and 9to5Mac
Shandra Martinez / MLive.com:
Regional grocery chain Meijer will continue to provide both Apple Pay and CurrentC services  —  Why Meijer isn't ditching Apple Pay like other retailers  —  With the wave of an iPhone 6 or the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch, you can buy groceries or fill up your gas tank at Meijer using Apple Pay.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Groupon Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $757.1M, EPS Of $0.03  —  Still pushing hard on its strategy to be more than just a site for daily deals, e-commerce powerhouse Groupon reported its quarterly earnings today, reporting revenues of $757.1 million on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, but a negative EPS of $0.03 on a GAAP basis.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg to host first public “Community Q&A” on Facebook Nov 6, taking questions now  —  Ask Mark Zuckerberg Anything During His First Public “Community Q&A” On Facebook Nov 6  —  Most people have a burning question to ask about Facebook, whether they're one of its 1.35 billion users or not.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kamcord gameplay recording platform gets into mobile gaming competitions starting with SEGA  —  Kamcord, the mobile gameplay recording platform that offers developers an easy way to implement cross-platform gameplay recording and sharing features, is today announcing its next big push in mobile gaming: competitions.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Facebook updates Graph API with features for managing Pages, brings versioning to Ads API  —  Facebook today updated its Graph API and Ads API to version 2.2.  The former is getting new features for apps that manage Pages and the latter is getting versioning support for the first time.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area  —  In its first big move beyond home cleaning, Homejoy is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area.  —  Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung …
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