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September 30, 2014, 11:55 PM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft previews Windows 10, touts familiarity and consistency across devices, enterprise features, Start menu with incorporated tiles  —  Microsoft unveils the future of Windows  —  Company gives first look at Windows 10, highlighting enterprise advancements and open collaboration.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 aims to run universal apps on devices ranging from internet-of-things to servers; preview coming tomorrow, final release in late 2015  —  Windows 10 is the official name for Microsoft's next version of Windows  —  Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 10.
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
PayPal was excluded from Apple Pay because PayPal partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5's fingerprint reader  —  The Real Reason PayPal Isn't an Apple Pay Preferred Partner  —  Earlier this month, before Apple Pay came out, Bank Innovation wrote that Apple and PayPal had been involved in talks for ... something.
eBay Inc:
eBay Inc. to Separate eBay and PayPal into Independent Publicly Traded Companies in 2015  —  American Express executive Dan Schulman joins PayPal immediately as President and CEO designee for PayPal post-separation  —  eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan to oversee separation …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Reddit raises $50M round led by Y Combinator president Sam Altman, investors plan to allocate 10% of the round's equity to Reddit users  —  Reddit Raises $50 Million, Plans to Share Stock With Community Members  —  Reddit, the Internet's favorite place to share links, has raised about $50 million in funding.
Nicky Woolf / Guardian:
Hackers charged with stealing over $100m in US army and Xbox technology  —  Indictment unsealed on Tuesday reveals Department of Justice charged four people in international computer hacking ring  —  Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Holder urges tech companies to leave device backdoors open for police  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Tuesday that new forms of encryption capable of locking law enforcement officials out of popular electronic devices imperil investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate to Developers [Update: Also Public Beta]  —  Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system.
AnandTech:
iPhone 6 Plus: best phablet available, may appeal more than the iPhone 6 if you don't mind two-handed usage  —  The iPhone 6 Review  —  With every launch of the iPhone, Apple seems to have everything to lose and not much to gain.  Apple's iPhone line accounts for the majority of profits …
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Microsoft:
The new MSN arrives  —  Over the next 72 hours Microsoft will roll out the new MSN to the more than 425 million people in over 50 countries who come to the site each month.  In addition, people using Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 now have the option to update their devices to the new MSN apps.
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google is closing Orkut, its first social network, today  —  We knew it was coming.  Google is shutting down Orkut today, its first attempt at a social networking service.  The decision was announced in June and users have had a few months to export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Plus Background Sleep And Activity Tracking  —  Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is hoping to make its platform accessible to more people with a permanent price drop of $50 and $30 for both the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel, putting them at $99 and $199 respectively.

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Microsoft:
The new MSN arrives  —  Over the next 72 hours Microsoft will roll out the new MSN to the more than 425 million people in over 50 countries who come to the site each month.  In addition, people using Windows …
Amazon Web Services:
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VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
Zoho Survey Introduces a New Enterprise Plan for Organizations  —  If you want to be the owner of a multi-user group, with the ability to manage permissions for users then, you will love the Enterprise plan.
Syncano:
6 Reasons Why We Love React.js  —  Our front-end team loves trying new things.  New frameworks, new build tools... anything that makes our work more efficient deserves my attention.

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