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October 27, 2015, 11:10 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Record Fourth Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California — October 27, 2015 — Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2015.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $51.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google brings podcasting to Play Music's free and paid tiers, to be available to listeners in coming months  —  Google Brings Podcasting to Play Music, Swinging at Apple's Dominance  —  From their earliest days, podcasts were linked closely to Apple.  Their very name came from an Apple product: iPod.
James Vincent / The Verge:
European Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality  —  The EU has rejected legal amendments that would firmly protect the concept of net neutrality in Europe.  The European Parliament voted in favor of the new regulation which proponents says establish an internet …
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
Net neutrality: EU votes in favour of Internet fast lanes and slow lanes  —  MEPs confused by false claims, tired of the arguments, keen to conclude the file.  —  The European Parliament has passed the flawed flawed compromise text on net neutrality without including any of the amendments that would have closed serious loopholes.
Wired:
Senate passes cybersecurity bill CISA by a vote of 74-21, remaining differences still to be resolved between House and Senate  —  CISA Security Bill Passes Senate With Privacy Flaws Unfixed  —  For months, privacy advocates have asked Congress to kill or reform the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Message Requests will replace Other Inbox for receiving messages from users outside your network of friends  —  Facebook Messenger Wants To BE Your Phone Number With New Message Requests  —  Phone numbers are dumb.  Once someone has yours, you can't stop them from contacting you.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google announces $220 ASUS OnHub router which lets you boost the Wi-Fi speed for a device with a wave of your hand; preorders start this week  —  Google's second OnHub router is built by ASUS, goes on sale this week  —  Google introduced its OnHub router this summer, promising …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter reports 320M MAUs in Q3, an increase of just 4M, and EPS of $0.10 against $0.05 expected; stock down more than 12% in after-hours trading  —  Twitter Stock Tanks on Stagnant User Growth, Lowered Expectations  —  Twitter's user growth has clearly started to slow down, and that continues to hurt the business.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
US regulators grant exemptions to DMCA's DRM rules for jailbreaking, remixing DVDs and Blurays, preserving video games, researching and modifying car software  —  Victory for Users: Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands Protections for Fair Uses  —  The new rules for exemptions …
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Facebook will slow employees' Internet speeds on Tuesdays to help them better understand how their service is used in emerging markets like India  —  Facebook will give employees super slow Internet speeds every Tuesday to better understand markets like India
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Rolls Out Carrier Billing For iTunes, Starting In Germany With O2  —  At long last, Apple is adding a way for people to pay for purchases on iTunes beyond credit or debit cards — a move that points to the company sharpening its focus on marketing the iPhone to a wider set of users.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Microsoft Executive Julie Larson-Green to Take Over Management of Office Apps  —  Microsoft plans to hand over the reins of Microsoft Office to longtime executive Julie Larson-Green, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  —  Kirk Koenigsbauer, the corporate VP who had been leading …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: IBM nears deal to buy digital and data assets of Weather Co., owner of The Weather Channel, as early as Wednesday in $2B+ deal  —  IBM Nearing Acquisition of Weather Co.'s Digital and Data Assets  —  Deal could be announced as early as Wednesday  —  International Business Machines Corp …
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
German data protection authorities to investigate data transfers from EU to US by companies like Facebook and Google  —  Germany will investigate legality of post-Safe Harbour EU-US data transfers immediately  —  Hamburg's commissioner for Data Privacy and Freedom of Information is spearheading the checks on US companies.

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