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Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple revealed new iPad models on Thursday, and they all go on sale starting today via Apple’s online store. Today is just the beginning of pre-sales, with iPads officially shipping to pre-order customers and arriving in stores sometime “late next week,” according to Apple. (IT news)

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Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Servicesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. (IT news)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets With China’s Vice Premier Following iCloud Security Attackview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Wednesday, and on the agenda was discussing the protection of user information. The meeting took place in Zhongnanhai in central Beijing, which is the central seat of power for the ruling Communist Party of China. (IT news)

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Chicago And Big Dataview story

http://techcrunch.com –  As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. (IT news)

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Apple Adds Guide On iCloud.com Browser Security In Wake Of China Hackview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple has released an updated iCloud security support document with instructions on how to avoid man-in-the-middle type attacks like those affecting customers in China reported over the past couple of days. (IT news)

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#GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politicsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. (IT news)

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A User’s Guide To Disrupt London 2014view story

http://techcrunch.com – Hard to believe that Disrupt London opens tomorrow! As always, TechCrunch has partnered with an amazing array of folks who promise to make your experience at the conference better than ever. Official Wifi Sponsor: Our wifi is sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield. (IT news)

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Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pagesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. Read More (IT news)

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Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fundview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The Vancouver-based early stage investment fund Version One Ventures, led by founder and current Andreessen Horowitz board partner Boris Wertz, has closed its second fund of $35 million today. (IT news)

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Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Lossview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95 per share on revenue of $20.58 billion. That per-share loss works out to a net loss for the firm of $437 million. Read More (IT news)

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TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developersview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. (IT news)

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GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Appleview story

http://techcrunch.com –  GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. (IT news)