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Yahoo Hires Amazon Sales Head Re/code Said It Was Hiring to Run Sales

recode.net — As Re/code reported earlier this week that it would, Yahoo has officially said it was hiring Amazon sales head Lisa Utzschneider to run sales in its key Americas market, reporting directly to CEO Marissa Mayer.

White House Launches 3-D Printed Holiday Ornament Contest

recode.net — Obama administration officials launched their first-ever holiday contest for 3-D printed (or designed) ornaments Thursday, giving entrants the chance to have their creations hung on a White House tree this December. You less than two weeks to get a design in for the contest, which ends November 10. Entry instructions are here.

Former HTC Exec Raises Huge War Chest to Launch Gogoro, a Smart City Startup

recode.net — Gogoro, a Taiwanese startup led by former HTC executive Horace Luke, has quietly amassed tens of millions of dollars to build a device around energy management. While the startup has unveiled its name, funding details and its management, it's waiting until CES to reveal its first product.

Baidu Calls Mobile Top Priority, as Q3 Revenue Falls Short

recode.net — China's dominant search engine Baidu said Thursday it would continue to invest significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the desktop PC era like Google.

China’s Xiaomi Becomes Third Largest Smartphone Maker as Global Market Continues to Grow

recode.net — We all knew China's Xiaomi was on a tear. But new statistics from IDC show that the company has emerged at the third largest smartphone vendor in the world, passing LG and Lenovo and trailing only Apple and Samsung. The company saw its shipments more than triple to 17 million, good for a 5.3 percent market share.

Execs From Apple Pay Competitor MCX Speak, But Big Questions Remain

recode.net — MCX, the consortium of retailers that recently blocked the use of Apple Pay in their stores, finally spoke to the press Wednesday about a recent hack on its system, as well as to address the lingering brouhaha over the Apple payment ban.

IBM Teams Up With Twitter, Adds Tweets to its Cloud

recode.net — IBM announces its third big cloud-focused partnership in recent memory today, saying it will integrate the massive trove of data generated by Twitter into its cloud analytics applications. Twitter data will be part of IBM's Watson analytics application, the cloud-based sibling of the Watson cognitive computing product that IBM first debuted on the TV game show Jeopardy a few years ago.

Maker of Retailer Apple Pay Competitor Has Already Been Hacked

recode.net — You can't make this stuff up. MCX, the retailer consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, has already been hacked, according to an email sent out to those people who have downloaded the CurrentC app. "Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you," the email reads.

Groupon Product Boss Parker Barrile Is Leaving the Deals Company

recode.net — Parker Barrile is exiting his role as Groupon's head of product after less than two months on the job, according to multiple sources. The former LinkedIn product exec was hired late this summer to fill the role vacated earlier this year by his predecessor Jeff Holden, who left Groupon for Uber.

Wealthfront Valued at $700 Million After $64 Million Investment

recode.net — Wealthfront, the investment advisory service geared toward millennials, has raised a new $64 million investment led by Spark Capital. The company, which has more than $1.5 billion in customer assets under management, is now valued at $700 million, according to a source.
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Oct 29, 2014

RT @Recode: Execs From Apple Pay Competitor Finally Speak, But Big Questions Remain on.recode.net/1tP1cHA by @DelRey

Oct 29, 2014

@markgurman i havent yet gotten to backstory of why they were initially accepting and then dropped

Oct 29, 2014

@RurikBradbury @JoshConstine @fmanjoo @stevekovach @MikeIsaac whadya mean? I love having cashier lose card in the crevice between counters

Oct 29, 2014

Can't wait to hear from the kittens that uber tried to poach from lyft

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