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October 20, 2014, 7:20 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 …
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.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Remembering Macworld Expo: Why we went to the greatest trade show on earth  —  This morning IDG announced that Macworld Expo (later known as Macworld/iWorld) is going on hiatus.  How permanent this break is depends entirely on whether those running the show can find a financial model …
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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 …
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