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October 21, 2015, 3:05 PM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Twitter previews redesigned Twitter for Mac client, to launch in the coming months  —  Twitter Revamps Twitter For Mac Desktop App  —  Today at Twitter Flight, Twitter's developer conference, the company announced that it had revamped and updated the Twitter for Mac client.
TechCrunch:
Twitter CEO Dorsey Apologizes To Developers, Says He Wants To “Reset” Relations  —  Twitter's epic bust up with developers several years ago was one of the bigger bumps in the company's rocky history, so now, as the social media company is working to reboot the business under new CEO Jack Dorsey …
Nate Swanner / The Next Web:
Twitter adds nine new SDKs to Fabric including Stripe, AWS, Optimizely, Nuance, SendGrid  —  Twitter just added nine new SDKs to Fabric  —  Twitter is weaving more services into Fabric, encompassing everything from mobile payments to scaling infrastructure.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter's Digits login product now works with email addresses in addition to phone numbers  —  Twitter's Digits project to kill passwords can now verify email addresses  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As many services continue to part ways with passwords in favor of what's perceived to be safer ways of authenticating, Twitter is following suit.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Inside YouTube's new $10 per month subscription service YouTube Red, which removes ads, allows offline viewing, more, available October 28 in US, soon globally  —  Red Dawn  —  A family is gathered around the dinner table: Dad and the kids have spaghetti on their plates, Mom is standing, serving spoon in hand.
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion  —  Western Digital is facing challenges to its core hard-disk-drive businesses from flash and solid-state drives  —  Western Digital Corp. agreed to buy SanDisk Corp. for about $19 billion in cash and stock, a deal that positions the company …
Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter Polls start rolling out to everyone, remain live for 24 hours, votes remain private  —  Introducing Twitter Polls  —  We're excited to share that in the coming days, everyone will be able to create polls on Twitter.  And, with just a couple of taps, people can weigh in on all the topics they care about.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Surface Book review: really does replace your laptop, great screen, keyboard, and trackpad, but can get very expensive  —  Surface Book review: The hybrid that really does replace your laptop  —  It ain't cheap, but it is pretty.  —  This is the machine that I've wanted Microsoft …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Apple, Dropbox, Yelp, reddit, Twitter, Wikimedia, join Google, Facebook, and Yahoo in voicing opposition to current CISA proposal days before vote  —  Apple says it's against a key cybersecurity bill, days before a crucial vote  —  Apple said Tuesday that it opposes a controversial cybersecurity bill that …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 9.1, bringing Apple News to UK, Live Photos improvements, new emoji  —  Apple Releases iOS 9.1 With New Emoji, Live Photos Improvements  —  Apple today released iOS 9.1 to the public, marking the first major update to the iOS 9 operating system that launched in September.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Shopping Insights tool offers retailers product search data from over 16K US cities  —  Google Discloses More Search Data to Woo Retailers  —  Shopping Insights tool shows products searched for in more than 16,000 U.S. cities  —  Google is offering retailers an unusual peek …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Misfit releases Shine 2 fitness and sleep monitor, with notifications and vibrations for “move” reminders for $100  —  Misfit Debuts The Shine 2, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Of Its Flagship Activity & Sleep Tracker  —  Over two years ago, Misfit launched an activity monitor called …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Customer Care, Twitter Wants To Sharpen Its Profile As A Platform To Do Business  —  Twitter is on double time these days when it comes to rolling out new products and pressing ahead under new CEO Jack Dorsey — a strategy that will likely get a decent gust of air Wednesday during the company's Flight developer conference.
Facebook:
Facebook launches TechPrep, a computer science resource hub, for minorities and women  —  Announcing the Launch of TechPrep  —  Exposing learners, parents and guardians to computer science  —  By Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity  —  Diversity is central to Facebook's mission …

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