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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets without compensation  —  German Publishers Bow To Google's Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight  —  A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender …

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Mike Rogoway / Oregonian: Urban Airship raises $12 million from existing backers — total investment nears $60 million  —  The funding suggests investors retain confidence in the business after a tumultuous 12 months.  (Oregonian photo)  —  Portland mobile alerts company Urban Airship reported $12 million …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google's DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford  —  Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further.

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Bloomberg: Christian Bale confirmed to play role of Steve Jobs, shooting begins in next couple of months  —  Christian Bale Didn't Have to Audition for Jobs Film Role  —  Actor Christian Bale didn't have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. (AAPL) co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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Sam Byford / The Verge: New Nintendo 3DS review: vastly improved performance and 3D effect, but unusably bad cameras and outdated display tech  —  New Nintendo 3DS review  —  Portable games consoles are still a thing.  —  As the Wii U flounders, it's almost easy to forget that Nintendo has another console plugging away …

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Behind Google's $120M purchase of enterprise startup Divide, one of NYC's biggest 2014 exits  —  How 3 First-Time Founders Turned One-Third Of Their Employees Into Millionaires — And No One Found Out About It  —  On May 19, Google acquired a startup for $120 million in cash and stock …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Twitter's new Fabric SDK extends the company's reach in China, is already being used by Alibaba and Baidu  —  Twitter's Developer Tools Put Company Deeper Into China  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is finding new ways to get into China, where its microblogging service is blocked.

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Illumio, exiting stealth, aims to secure both your data center and the cloud  —  Illumio acts like access management for computing workloads; users can run Illumio to ensure that the right workloads get transmitted to the appropriate servers, whether they are on the cloud or on bare metal.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach  —  The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital.

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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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