Eric Slivka / MacRumors:

CVS and Rite Aid reportedly disabling NFC in stores to shut down Apple Pay and Google Wallet  —  CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet  —  Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay …


Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:

Soft Machines, which has raised $125M, leaves stealth mode, reveals plan to license “virtual cores” technology to chip makers  —  Secretive Startup Unveils Universal Chip  —  Venture capitalists these days tend to avoid chip companies, largely because developing new products costs a bundle.


Chris O’Brien / VentureBeat:

Apple sent screenshot of explicit image to developer to show app could be used to find porn  —  App developer claims Apple sent his company porn to prove its app could be used to find naughty pics  —  A Florida developer says his company got a bit of a naughty surprise via a recent email from Apple.

Abhijeet Mishra / SamMobile:

First Android 5.0 Lollipop updates should hit the Galaxy S5 in December  —  Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to the Galaxy S5, and we’ve already given our readers an exclusive look at an early version running on the device.  We had already said that the Galaxy S5 would be receiving …

Bloomberg:

Google bought six Redwood City office buildings totaling about 934,200 square feet for $585M  —  Google Said to Buy Redwood City Offices for $585 Million  —  Google Inc. (GOOGL) bought six office buildings northwest of its Silicon Valley headquarters from Starwood Capital Group LLC and Blackstone Group LP …


Ernesto / TorrentFreak:

Google’s New Search Downranking Hits Torrent Sites Hard  —  In recent years Hollywood and the music industry have taken a rather aggressive approach against Google.  The entertainment industry companies have accused the search engine of not doing enough to limit piracy, and demanded more stringent anti-piracy measures.


Re/code:

Larry Page reorgs staff, transfers leadership of core Google products to Sundar Pichai  —  Exclusive: Google CEO Larry Page Reorgs Staff, Anoints Sundar Pichai as New Product Czar  —  In a significant reorganization of Google management, CEO Larry Page is transferring leadership …

Sudarshan Varadhan / Reuters:

Roku prepares to file for confidential IPO, WSJ report says  —  U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ  —  (Reuters) – U.S. TV startup Roku Inc is working on plans to confidentially file for an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Xinhua News Agency:

Tim Cook says bringing Apple Pay to China is his top priority there  —  China Exclusive: Tim Cook: Apple wants everything it develops to enter China market  —  Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said he hopes to adapt all of Apple’s developments to work for the Chinese market, which he describes as a “key market” for the tech giant.


Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:

Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their chatroom app, threaten legal action  —  Facebook’s new ‘Rooms’ app Room Inc’s ‘Room’ app  —  Following the launch of Facebook’s new “Rooms” app for iPhone, the company behind a similar piece of software called “Room” …