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October 22, 2014, 10:55 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
iFixit:
iFixit iPad Air 2 teardown: confirms A8X chip, 2GB RAM, 15% smaller battery  —  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" …
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 …
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.
Alex Kipman / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft allows Kinect Apps in Windows Store for the first time, launches Kinect SDK 2.0  —  Microsoft releases Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit  —  Today, we have some exciting news to share about the next chapter for Kinect.  Our Windows SDK 2.0 is now available for the Kinect v2 sensors …
Maeve Duggan / Pew Internet:
Pew survey: 40% of US internet users have experienced online harassment, 18% in severe form  —  Online Harassment  —  Summary of Findings  —  Harassment—from garden-variety name calling to more threatening behavior— is a common part of online life that colors the experiences of many web users.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Garage: Exploring and creating cross-platform consumer apps  —  Take a look at what's happening now in The Garage, Microsoft's haven for über geeks who are constantly thinking and tinkering.  The Garage's mantra is “Doers, not talkers.”
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Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally  —  (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard.

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Microsoft:
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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Meet Zoho Subscriptions: One stop shop to run your subscriptions business.  —  Since the early part of the decade, we have witnessed a drastic shift in the way businesses function.

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