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October 22, 2014, 2:00 AM

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:
The iPad Air 2: Thin, Gorgeous, Powerful — and That's Enough  —  Hey, kids!  It's time to play Apple Announcement Mad Libs! … Yes, it's gotten to the point that we tech critics can pretty much recycle our iPad reviews from year to year.  —  This is it: The new iPad Air 2 (Deanne Fitzmaurice/Yahoo Tech)
Molly Wood / New York Times:
Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online  —  AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun.  —  The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards  —  Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication.  —  Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air  —  A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.  —  While we mentioned that the enhanced specs …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With “Hot Chick” Drivers  —  “Who said women don't know how to drive?” the Uber blog post asks.  The post was deleted after an inquiry from BuzzFeed News.  —  Yesterday, Uber's Lyon office unveiled a new promotion with an app called “Avions de Chasse.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times  —  Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button.  An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop.  —  Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
GT Advanced To Sell Furnaces for Cash to Pay Back Apple, Says Fortune  —  Fortune columnist Philip Elmer-DeWitt a short while ago tweeted from the courtroom in Springfield, Massachusetts that one-time Apple (AAPL) supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has agreed to pay off its debts to Apple …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’  —  Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks  —  Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand  —  Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center  —  Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview just three weeks ago and the software maker is now ready to issue a fresh update.  If you're already testing Windows 10 then a new preview build (9860) …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big, are going mobile-first to keep their employees' productive and customers happy.
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Staples investigating credit card breach at its retail stores after multiple banks report fraud  —  Banks: Credit Card Breach at Staples Stores  —  Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Leeo launches $99 Smart Alert Nightlight, alerts you via mobile when smoke/CO2 alarm sounds  —  A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home  —  The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is not the stuff of soft-focus smart home dreams.  It won't vacuum your floor, or start your coffee pot when you wake up in the morning.

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Microsoft:
Delivering a complete cloud for every business, industry and geography  —  Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group discusses Microsoft's approach to delivering the industry's complete cloud.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
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:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …

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