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October 2, 2015, 9:15 AM

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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 unaffected  —  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 …
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.
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 …
Reem Nasr / CNBC:
Experian reports data breach affecting personal information including social security numbers of about 15M T-Mobile customers  —  Experian reports data breach; more than 15M T-Mobile customers affected  —  Global information services group Experian announced that one of its business units has been hacked.
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 …
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.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Android TV gets new apps from Showtime, HBO, CBS, WWE, UFC, and Disney  —  Google today announced a slew of new content providers for its Android TV, including Showtime, HBO Now, CBS All Access, EPIX, WWE, UFC, and Disney Movies Anywhere.  —  “So, as the nights get longer and colder …
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?
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Sources: Snapchat to sell “sponsored lenses” for selfies which will cost advertisers up to $750K for peak days like Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Black Friday  —  Snapchat to launch new advertising format  —  Snapchat is preparing to launch a new advertising format that will allow brands …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Lithium Technologies shuts down Klout Perks, but will honor remaining commitments  —  Klout Perks Is No More  —  Sad news for those who like free stuff - Klout Perks, the swag offered by social media scoring platform Klout, has quietly shut down.  Lithium Technologies …

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