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October 31, 2014, 9:10 AM

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google's robotics lead and Android founder Andy Rubin leaving the company to start an incubator for hardware startups, will be replaced by James Kuffner  —  Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google  —  Rubin Is Starting an Incubator for Startups Interested in Building Technology-Hardware Products
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3: Sleek, slim, fully metal (hands-on)  —  Side by side on a table, the two nearly identical rectangular handsets look innocuous enough and extremely familiar.  Yet two things quietly make the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 stand out: their all-aluminum material and their unibody construction.
BBC:
Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests  —  Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan.  —  “This tax in its current form cannot be introduced,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
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.
ProPublica:
Twitter's MoPub is using the UIDH “perma-cookies” inserted by Verizon into web pages  —  Somebody's Already Using Verizon's ID to Track Users  —  Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter demotes Daniel Graf, elevates Kevin Weil to lead consumer product group  —  Twitter Demotes Product Chief Daniel Graf  —  Kevin Weil Becomes Fifth Product Head in As Many Years  —  Twitter Inc. has demoted its new head of product, Daniel Graf, just six months after his much-touted hire away from Google Inc.
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Sony reports strong Q3 PS4 sales of 3.3M units, cuts annual smartphone sales forecast to 41M, after lowering them to 43M from 50M in Q2  —  Sony reports narrower second-quarter loss than estimated on strong PlayStation 4 sales  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss …
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 …
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Instagram ads arrive in the form of 15-second autoplay spots from Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic, and the CW  —  Instagram's Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands  —  Disney, Activision and Banana Republic among early buyers
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Facebook is now available on Tor for more secure browsing  —  After enabling secure HTTPS browsing by default for all users in August last year, Facebook has taken another step to allow for secure browsing, and has made their social network available via the Tor network for users who want to maintain …
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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.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Mobile Internet investment hits record $19.2B — up 232% in last 12 months  —  Mobile Internet companies raked in a total of $19.2 billion in new investment over the last year, more than double the previous period, according to investment advisory firm Digi-Capital.  —  The big winner?
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Alphaworks, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform From Betaworks, Brings On Erin Glenn As CEO  —  Today the folks at Alphaworks, the equity crowd-funding platform branched out of betaworks, are announcing leadership changes, with Erin Glenn taking the lead as CEO.

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