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October 21, 2015, 4:20 PM

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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.
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.
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.
YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces exclusive original content for YouTube Red from popular figures including PewDiePie  —  Introducing YouTube Red Original Series and Movies from your favorite stars  —  Last year, we announced an initiative to invest in the creativity of our top YouTube stars.
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 …
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Wikileaks publishes documents from CIA director John Brennan's personal email account  —  Wikileaks has published data from CIA director John Brennan's private email account, in a release the group is calling The CIA Files.  The documents include a form provided for background investigation …
More: WikiLeaks
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
As Apple Music Trials Wrap, Spotify Snags The #1 Top Grossing Spot In US App Store For First Time  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday may have been touting the number of Apple Music music paying subscribers - 6.5 million, but at the same time rival Spotify was quietly hitting a milestone of its own.

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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
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IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
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