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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. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

Why Apple Didn't Talk About Its Extraordinary New SIM For The iPad — Apple's new, thinner-than-a-pencil iPad Air 2 boasts a powerful processor, faster graphics and a better camera - all enhancements to the same features that have always existed. Yet in the one hour and 20 minute presentation that CEO Tim Cook gave today with other executives, there was no mention of the most important update of all to the Apple's new mobile device lineup: the Apple SIM.

Live Blog: Apple's iPad Launch Event — Apple is holding an event at its headquarters in Cupertino at 10am Pacific time on Thursday, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPads, a new high-resolution iMac and the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite.

3 Reasons To Be Wary Of Secret-Sharing App Whisper's Claim To Anonymity — If the Catholic church didn't collect handfuls of cash every Sunday, it might consider streaming the real-life accounts that priests hear in hushed confession as entertainment. Luckily no one with a dog collar is planning any such enterprise - but the next best thing on the mobile web is.

Pact Is First Health App To Become An Insurance Plan — There are dozens of apps that let you track your activity to try and change unhealthy behavior. Soon, more will share your data with employers to help them track and change your behavior too, all in a bid to cut rising health insurance costs.

Facebook Closes $19 Billion WhatsApp Deal — Facebook says it has wrapped up its landmark $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, a deal that was hashed out in Mark Zuckerberg's house over the course of a few days in February and sealed over a bottle of Jonnie Walker scotch.

The Viral Curse Of Angry Birds: Rovio Cuts 16% Of Staff — Back in 2011, Rovio was reveling in the success of its simple and addictive game, Angry Birds. Its headquarters in Espoo Finland was teeming with new staff members, the walls colorfully painted with birds and pigs from the hit mobile game.

Apple's iPhone Steps Closer To Shaping Your Health Costs — A quiet but important partnership launched Monday between Apple and Humana , a health insurance company that covers 13 million people. The two firms had been collaborating for several months on sharing health data through HealthKit, a behind-the-scenes framework that brings together all of a person's fitness data from different wearable devices and apps into one hub, Health, a proprietary health tracking app for the iPhone.

Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History — Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It's dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley. Yahoo's 45-year-old billionaire co-founder stops before a glass deal toy on a low table.

FireChat Prepares Encryption Feature As It Drives Hong Kong Protests — Twitter helped power the Arab Spring in 2012. Now the pro-democracy demonstrations setting Hong Kong in motion are being driven by a new kind of mobile technology: an underground messaging app called Fire Chat. A popular app for people who went to last month's Burning Man festival, it's best known for working off-the-grid.
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Oct 16, 2014

@JZdziarski It's a 40-character ID created after each download, right? They told me that's how they ban bad users.…

Oct 16, 2014

Why Apple Didn't Talk About Its Extraordinary New SIM For The iPad…

Oct 16, 2014

@dominicru They say they only tallied word mentions like 'suicide,' suggesting they got no location signature to help identify users.

Oct 16, 2014

@dominicru Did u ever see Whisper track user *locations* over time to get a 'digital footprint?'

Oct 16, 2014

RT @ellenhuet: NYC's most prolific Airbnb host made $6.8 million (!) renting out 272 (!!) listings:…

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