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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, SMS Relay & Instant Hotspot, more  —  Just as Apple announced at its iPad & Mac event last Thursday, iOS 8.1 is now publicly available with new features including Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and additional Continuity features.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: OnePlus One pre-orders will open October 27 - but only for one hour  —  OnePlus' pre-orders for its One smartphone are due to open at 11am EST on October 27, according to an announcement from the company today - but that pre-order window will only be open for one hour.

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Percy / GreatFire.org: Report: Chinese authorities conduct “man in the middle” attack on iCloud.com users to harvest their data  —  China collecting Apple iCloud data; attack coincides with launch of new iPhone  —  After previous attacks on Github, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the Chinese authorities …

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: IBM stock drops over 6% after it misses earnings estimates, abandons 2015 earnings forecast  —  IBM Abandons Long-Promised 2015 Profit Target  —  IBM abandoned a long-promised plan to deliver $20 a share in profits by 2015 after suffering a significant slowdown in spending by its clients …

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Richard Padilla / MacRumors: Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support [iOS Blog]  —  File-sharing service Dropbox has updated its official iOS app with a number of new features, including full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as integration with Touch ID for more convenient unlocking.

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Marco della Cava / USA Today: Satya Nadella talks inequality, women's rights, company culture, and vision for Microsoft  —  USA TODAY Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella  —  Karma and the cloud at Microsoft: How Nadella plans to upend company culture  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Satya Nadella takes a seat …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Skype for Windows Phone updated with drawing tool, HD screen support, and faster resume  —  Skype today updated its Windows Phone app with new features and performance improvements.  You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Phone Store.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Apple pushing to cut the price of Beats Music subscriptions to $5 per month  —  Spotify Lowers Its Music Prices, Using a Family Plan.  Apple Wants to Go Lower.  —  Apple thinks streaming music should cost less.  Spotify agrees.  —  Spotify is effectively offering a price cut …

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Andreessen Steps Down From EBay Board Ahead of PayPal Spinoff  —  Months after publicly defending his role as an eBay director against Carl C. Icahn, the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is now stepping down from the e-commerce company's board.  —  As eBay moves to spin off its PayPal payments unit …

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Spreadsheet of the day: Final estimates for Apple's fiscal Q4  —  Today should be a busy day on the Apple beat.  — Apple Pay goes live with the release of iOS 8.1, along with the launch of iCloud Photo Library and a functioning Handoff (which, for many of us on Yosemite, still isn't working).

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Liam Spradlin / Android Police: Check Out Gmail 5.0 For Android And Google's Plan To Handle All Your Email Accounts In One App  —  Google's been updating apps left and right recently to fall in line with its new material design philosophy, and the results have been impressive.  There are a few apps it appears Google's saving …

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Chelsea Stark / Mashable: PlayStation TV review: Poorly designed UI, few video streaming apps, but affordable at $99  —  PlayStation TV: Tiny Package But Gaming Power Needs Some Tweaks  —  Sony unveiled its pocket-sized set-top box in Japan last year, and since then us Western gamers have been clamoring for our own version of the PlayStation TV.

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: Amazon Kindle Voyage review: The best e-reader is also the priciest  —  When Amazon introduced an updated version of its flagship Kindle Paperwhite last year, it took the easy way out — after all, tweaked internals, improved software and slightly better lighting do not a thrilling e-reader make.

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: IBM Drops 7% on Q3 Miss; $4.7B Charge to Divest Chip Unit  —  Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) are down $13.32, over 7%, at $168.73, in early trading, after the company this morning reported Q3 revenue and earnings per share that missed analysts' estimates …

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: Spotify announces family plans for up to 5 users  —  Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features.  —  Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music …

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John Herrman / The Awl: Doctors share and discuss anonymous photos of patients with Instagram-like app Figure 1  —  The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram  —  A few months ago I came across an old story about an app called Figure 1.  It was billed as “Medicine's Answer to Instagram,” and had apparently just raised a couple million dollars.

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge: Tesla built a sophisticated autonomous driving system, but its advancements are incremental  —  Tesla's autopilot isn't special (but it's still cool)  —  An important non-revolution for self-driving cars  —  “We've been able to accelerate autopilot and bring it to market faster …

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Kevin Roose / New York Magazine: Marc Andreessen on the evolution of Silicon Valley and technology's impact on the economy  —  Marc Andreessen on Why Optimism Is Always the Safest Bet  —  The Netscape creator turned Silicon Valley sage on why optimism is always the safest bet.  —  It's not hard to coax an opinion out of Marc Andreessen.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Amid pressure from activist investors, Marissa Mayer to detail Yahoo's cost-cutting plan and acquisitions strategy during Tuesday's earnings call  —  Yahoo CEO Set to Refresh Turnaround Plan  —  Firm to Release Quarterly Results Tuesday, Detail Its Current Efforts

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Amid pressure from activist investors, Marissa Mayer to detail Yahoo's cost-cutting plan and acquisitions strategy during Tuesday's earnings call  —  Yahoo CEO Set to Refresh Turnaround Plan  —  Firm to Release Quarterly Results Tuesday, Detail Its Current Efforts

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Amy Schatz / Re/code: Pressing Fwd.us: How Silicon Valley's $50 Million Bet on Immigration Stalled  —  When President Barack Obama decided in early September to postpone immigration reform, it marked the beginning of the end of Joe Green's tenure as the head of one of Silicon Valley's most ambitious political groups …

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Bloomberg: IBM Agrees to Pay Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Chip Unit  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

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Parmy Olson / Forbes: Microsoft plans to launch a fitness-focused wearable in the next few weeks with more than two-day battery life, multi-platform support  —  Microsoft Plans To Launch A Wearable Device Within Weeks  —  Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: This is the Fitbit Surge, a $250 ‘superwatch’ with built-in GPS  —  GPS and heart rate monitoring headline Fitbit's next flagship wearable  —  Fitbit is preparing to launch three new fitness trackers in the coming weeks.  Two of those will be the Charge and Charge HR.

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Gideon Rosenblatt / Medium: Google's information processing and Amazon's transaction processing platforms are headed for a collision in the battle to dominate local retail  —  The Google—Amazon Retail Slugfest  —  Two competitors, seemingly in different businesses, now determine the future of shopping.

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