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Ben Thompson / stratechery: Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category  —  Peak Google  —  Despite the hype about disruption, the truth is most tech giants, particularly platform providers, are not so much displaced as they are eclipsed.  IBM, for example …

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Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal: Behind Twitter's Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop  —  Twitter is looking to have its Google moment, the time when the tech giant began pushing to become more than just an Internet search engine.  —  For Twitter, this means staking a claim on the mobile universe as smartphones …

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device  —  Late in 2012, when Tim Cook was relatively fresh on the job as Apple's chief executive, he made a sudden and potentially risky shuffle in the firm's executive ranks.  He fired Scott Forstall, who had been in charge of Apple's mobile operating system …

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AppleInsider: Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability  —  In response to a recently discovered vulnerability with SSL version 3.0, Apple on Wednesday announced through its developer website that it will be removing support for the protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

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Dana Wollman / Engadget: iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price  —  When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as “iPad day.”  Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show.

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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal: Yahoo: Tumblr to Make Over $100 Million in Revenue Next Year  —  Tumblr is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue in 2015 thanks to a growing user base and a successful introduction of sponsored advertising, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said Tuesday.

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Sam Sabri / Windows Phone Central: Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December  —  The free Xbox Music streaming you've been enjoying on Windows 8.1 and on the web will be discontinued on December 1st, 2014.  This doesn't impact you if you're using the Xbox Music Pass …

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Marcus Wohlsen / Wired: Mark Zuckerberg gives 30-minute public interview in Chinese at Tsinghua University  —  Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind  —  Think you're too busy to learn another language?  Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding …

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Businessweek: Mark Zuckerberg appointed to China's Tsinghua University board  —  As Facebook Eyes China, Zuckerberg Makes Ties With Chinese Business School  —  In its quest to dominate the social media industry worldwide, Facebook (FB) has long hankered after China, where the company been been banned since 2009.

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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Windows 10 to get two-factor authentication built-in  —  Microsoft is continuing its crusade to get CIOs interested in Windows 10, touting new security features that include two-factor authentication built directly into the OS.  —  The effort to bake two-factor authentication into Windows 10 …

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John Cook / GeekWire: Redfin buys walkability rating site Walk Score, its first aquisition, to give users more neighborhood information  —  Redfin buys Walk Score, marking first acquisition in company history  —  Seattle-based Redfin just stumbled on a deal in its backyard that was simply too good to pass up.

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Joan E. Solsman / CNET: Rhapsody revives CEO position after four-year absence, appoints mobile vet David Hose as interim chief  —  Rhapsody revives CEO position, hires mobile vet as interim chief  —  The streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music …

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iFixit: iPad Air 2 Teardown  —  Step 1 — iPad Air 2 Teardown Just add air?  That would be too easy.  Apple has packaged all kinds of revised hardware into its thinnest tablet yet: Fully laminated, 9.7" IPS Multi-Touch LCD with a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 ppi and antireflective coating A8X 64-bit CPU …

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Denni Hu / Bloomberg: Yelp Q3 beats estimates with $102.5M revenue; shares down 16% on Q4 sales forecast  —  Yelp Falls as Fourth-Quarter Forecast Miss Estimates  —  Yelp Inc. (YELP) shares dropped as much as 16 percent in extended trading after the local-reviews company forecast fourth-quarter sales that fell short of analysts' estimates.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow  —  Google's Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google's tried-and-true invite system.  While many will have to wait to check it out for themselves …

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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Roku raises $25 million amid growing competition from Amazon and Google  —  Updated at 1:45 p.m. PST with a statement from Roku.  —  Set-top box company Roku has secured a fresh $25 million round of funding, according to a SEC form D filing released today.

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Roger Cheng / CNET: AT&T Q3 profit falls short even as it adds 2M wireless customers  —  The company's growth was driven largely by connected devices like the connected car, but also a healthy mix of smartphone and tablet growth.  —  AT&T reported strong customer growth even as its earnings came in just below expectations.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Verizon Leads Flint Mobile's $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web  —  Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft and IBM commit to providing their enterprise software to Azure, IBM clouds  —  Summary: Microsoft and IBM have forged a new alliance bringing more of IBM's enterprise software and services to Azure, and Microsoft's enterprise software to IBM's cloud platforms.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi Is Moving International Users' Data Out Of China Ahead Of Further Global Expansions  —  The past year has been an eventful one for Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi.  The company's devices are now sold in seven countries in Asia, that's a big step up from Xiaomi's inception …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter's Digits enables users of third-party apps to sign up using just their phone number  —  Inside Twitter's ambitious plan to kill the password  —  As he traveled the world last year as part of a user research project, Michael Ducker noticed a problem.

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Mat Honan / Wired: Twitter's new SDK Fabric represents an audacious plan to live inside every app  —  Twitter's Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps  —  Twitter is releasing a new software development kit today at its developer's conference.  It's called Fabric.  It does lots of very pretty things …

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Jeff Seibert / The Twitter Blog: Twitter introduces Fabric, an SDK for mobile developers  —  Introducing Fabric  —  Today at Flight, we announced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that makes it easy for developers to build great apps.  —  The Fabric platform is made of three modular kits that address some of the most common …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google aims to reinvent email with Inbox, a marriage of Gmail and Google Now, currently invite-only  —  Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google  —  The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Groupon takes on Yelp with Pages: business listings with offers, news, reviews and more  —  Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages  —  Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be a simple daily deals site, and more of a general go-to place …

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