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November 9, 2014, 11:05 PM

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Apple releases web tool to deregister phone numbers from iMessage  —  Apple has quietly released a new tool to make switching between iOS and other smartphones a bit easier.  The new web tool lets you instantly deregister your phone number from Apple's iMessage system.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Meet the network of parody Twitter account operators who earn thousands from paid ads  —  Meet The Network Of Guys Making Thousands Of Dollars Tweeting As “Common White Girls”  —  The Twitter illuminati that made “Alex From Target” an overnight sensation can drive millions of clicks with a simple retweet.
Startup L. Jackson / Startups and S**t:
Good startup ideas are not counterintuitive, but in fact obvious, if you talk to users and develop a better model of the world  —  The Counterintuitive Thing About Counterintuitive Things  —  There is a great (as in large) memes swirling around the startup world these days which posits …
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
BlackBerry CEO sees fewer new devices, focus on profitability  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry, which has completed the first phase of its two-year turnaround plan, is now focused on profitability and will not spread itself thin by attempting to launch too many new devices, its chief executive said.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Mac Mini 2014 review: still a good “gateway Mac”, but less versatile than previous models  —  Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac Mini reviewed  —  The 2014 Mac Mini looks the same on the outside, but on the inside it regresses in some unfortunate ways.
More: The RegisterTweets: @andrewwrites
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Qualcomm quietly dominates mobile: every major smartphone in the US contains its hardware  —  This is Qualcomm's world and we're all just living in it  —  Guess who puts the turbo in the Droid Turbo's name  —  Qualcomm is the mobile industry's equivalent of a god: omnipotent and omnipresent, yet invisible to the naked eye.
Tweets: @howardlindzon
Stephen Lurie / Matter:
Wikimedia's 36 “stewards” use their global editing rights to police and manage all Wiki sites  —  The 36 People Who Run Wikipedia  —  What the weirdest, wildest, most successful participatory project in history tells us about working together.
Tweets: @jamestylerespn and @readmatterThanks:@srikardr
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft tests headset that makes cities more accessible to the blind using 3D audio cues  —  Microsoft had to blindfold me so I could hear the future  —  A simple headset could help millions through the art of sound  —  Microsoft blindfolded me and led me around several streets …
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
iPad Air 2 review: A8X's extra core and clock speed bump make for class-leading performance  —  The Apple iPad Air 2 Review  —  Introduction  —  As we approach the holidays, Apple has launched a new iPad as expected.  As one might expect from the name, the iPad Air 2 is more of an evolution …
More: MacDailyNewsTweets: @codinghorror

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