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October 2, 2015, 12:45 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers breach crowdfunding site Patreon, dump nearly 15 GB of stolen data online including site's source code, user email addresses, and hashed password data  —  Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online  —  The inclusion of source code and databases suggest breach was extensive.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:
Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast Oct. 29 as devices don't allow for Amazon Prime video streaming; Roku, Xbox, PlayStation sales continue  —  Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices  —  Amazon.com Inc. is flexing its e-commerce muscles to gain …
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / SV Business Journal:
Sources: Apple to lease planned curvaceous 777K-square-foot office project at Central and Wolfe in Sunnyvale  —  Second Apple “spaceship” to land in Sunnyvale — deal sealed with Landbank Investments (Slideshow)  —  Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship — this time, in Sunnyvale …
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How Jack Dorsey's strategy for leading companies evolved at Square, preparing him to save Twitter  —  Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter  —  On a fall day in 2010, Jack Dorsey stepped before his staff at Square, his payments startup, to deliver a pep talk at its weekly all-hands meeting.
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Adblock extension for Chrome and Safari sold to unidentified buyer, joins Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program  —  Adblock for Chrome sold, joins Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program  —  Ad blocking is becoming a business.  While there are still many extensions out there that are not monetized …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Tumblr allows users to hide their blogs from the web, would be accessible only via dashboard and native mobile apps  —  Tumblr now lets you hide your blog from the internet  —  Tumblr today introduced a feature that lets you hide your blog from the web so its content can only be viewed …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
East Texas judge shuts down 168 patent cases filed by most prolific patent troll of 2014, eDekka  —  East Texas judge throws out 168 patent cases in one fell swoop  —  Judge's order puts the most litigious patent troll of 2014 out of business.  —  The most prolific patent troll of last year …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
ASUS signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft, will pre-install Office suite on its Android devices  —  Microsoft, ASUS sign combined Android patent, Office bundling deal  —  Is Microsoft making Office software and services part of its Android-patent-licensing negotiation terms?
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
My advice for startups: don't attend Web Summit, which relies on deceptive sales and marketing practices  —  Is Web Summit a scam?  Well, if you have to ask ...  After Neil's opinion piece about some of Web Summit's practices, the event organiser responded on its blog.  In a way that triggered this response from us.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Tests of top 50 news sites with three ad-blockers on iPhone show significant decrease in load times for many sites, modest increase in battery life  —  Putting Mobile Ad Blockers to the Test  —  To block ads or not to block ads on your mobile device?  That's the philosophical dilemma …

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