Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

Mark Zuckerberg to host first public “Community Q&A” on Facebook Nov 6, taking questions now  —  Ask Mark Zuckerberg Anything During His First Public “Community Q&A” On Facebook Nov 6  —  Most people have a burning question to ask about Facebook, whether they’re one of its 1.35 billion users or not.


Casey Newton / The Verge:

Thank you, Tim Cook  —  Why we’re not “moving on” from the Apple CEO’s big statement today  —  In a way, what Tim Cook said today felt inevitable.  At least since 2008, when Owen Thomas asked the question in Gawker, a steady accretion of reporting has suggested Apple’s chief executive is gay.


Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:

Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store  —  The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8’s support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that …


Garett Sloane / Adweek:

Instagram’s Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands  —  Disney, Activision and Banana Republic among early buyers  —  After six months of testing, Instagram’s video ads are officially here.  —  Instagram, owned by Facebook has deals to show 15-second autoplay spots from Disney …


Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:

Crowdsourced Design Marketplace Minted Raises $38M More, Adds Fabrics And Home Decor  —  E-commerce design startup Minted has big ambitions for its crowdsourced marketplace of designs, with plans to launch in a whole new product category as well as giving its artists a platform for creating new storefronts.


Alex Wagner / PhoneDog:

Samsung Gear S watch launches Nov. 7 in US, $0 down on T-Mobile and Sprint on 2 year contract  —  Samsung Gear S launching in the US on November 7, carriers begin to reveal pricing  —  Following its international debut at the end of August, the Samsung Gear S will soon be making its way stateside.


Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:

Skype for iPhone now lets you save and delete photos, gets avatar, people, and chat improvements  —  Skype today updated its iPhone app with a slew of new features and improvements based on user suggestions.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store.


Chris Ziegler / The Verge:

Taiwanese smart energy startup Gogoro, led by former HTC exec, is close to raising $150M, promises product unveil at CES  —  Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive  —  Horace Luke, Gogoro’s CEO.  —  Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning …


Tim Cook / Businessweek:

Tim Cook: “I’m Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.  I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself.  Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus …


Ina Fried / Re/code:

Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google  —  When Motorola President Rick Osterloh said Tuesday that the Lenovo deal was nearly done, he wasn’t kidding.  —  Lenovo officially completed its $2.9 billion deal with Google early Thursday.  Osterloh will remain in his role …