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Google Backs Magic Leap with Qualcomm, Twitter Founders, Legendary — Remember Magic Leap, the secretive "augmented reality" company, raising some $500 million from Google and others? It's a story that seems so preposterous, even by the bubbliest standards of tech investing - a Florida-based company, run by an eccentric CEO, who promises he can deliver mind-blowing "cinematic reality" and is raising a giant funding round without unveiling a single product - that it's tempting to dismiss it as a mirage.

Spotify Lowers Music Price with Family Plan, Apple Wants Cuts Too — Apple thinks streaming music should cost less. Spotify agrees. Spotify is effectively offering a price cut on its subscription music service, by giving family members a 50 percent discount on additional accounts. That is: If you have a $10 Spotify Premium subscription, your husband can get one for $5 a month.

SAP Cuts Profit Outlook as More Customers Switch to Cloud — German business software maker SAP on Monday cut its outlook for full-year operating profit amid an accelerating shift by customers to buy its software over the Internet rather than as packaged software, delaying recognition of those sales.

Here’s a Twitter Debate Worth Reading — Here's a really interesting debate that's been playing out on Twitter over the past couple days, over a recent story in The Guardian saying the anonymous messaging app Whisper was tracking users' locations without their permission.

Google’s New Android Ads Make Fragmentation Cool (Videos) — When talking about Android, critics of Google and fans of Apple (and there's a bit of overlap between those groups) like to throw around the f-word: fragmentation. The sheer number of Android devices with different innards, different screen sizes and from different manufacturers, the argument goes, fragments the mobile "experience."

Re/wind: Apple’s New Toys, The Big Cable Unbundling and More — Hello there! If you missed the big headlines from this week, no problem! Re/code 's got you covered: At an event on Thursday, Apple unveiled new, slimmer iPads and iPad Minis and a 27-inch iMac with 5K retina display and announced an October 20 launch date for the Apple Pay mobile payments service.

NSA Reviewing Deal Between Official, Ex-Spy Agency Head — The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official's part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business.

Google Combines Chrome and Android Engineering Leadership — Google's Chrome and Android divisions are both part of a large product organization run by Sundar Pichai. Now their engineering organizations share a leader as well. Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of engineering for Android, is now overseeing Chrome engineering too, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. Google declined to comment on the promotion.

Obama Signs Order to Tighten Security for Federal Credit Cards — U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud.

If Apple Products Had Online Dating Profiles (Comic) — Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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Oct 20, 2014

So what does Magic Leap do? "Track users’ eyeballs and project images on to them".… Whee!

Oct 20, 2014

Other Magic Leap investors: Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment ("Godzilla"!), Obvious Ventures (@ev and @biz!), @a16z…

Oct 20, 2014

OK! More on Magic Leap, the company that seems fake but is really raising $500mm from Google and others:…

Oct 20, 2014

Look Who Else Is Joining Google to Back Magic Leap, the Secret “Augmented Reality” Startup

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ShiraOvide: Apple in a nutshell: Selling a lot of iPhones. Selling fewer iPads.

Oct 20, 2014

No deets on titles, pricing. "Curated" used 3x in press release.

Oct 20, 2014

Newest video subscription service: Indie-themed one from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises (Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal). Launches 2015.

Oct 20, 2014

Apple wants much more aggressive pricing: 50% price cuts for everyone - $5 a month for subscription music.…

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