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- Amazon’s soaring ambitions are coming at a steep cost, dragging the e-commerce giant to its largest quarterly loss in 14 years. - Microsoft’s sales continue to defy expectations by growing at a much faster clip than those of its business-technology peers. - Ron Johnson, who helped build Apple’s successful retail stores before a troubled stint as J.C. Penney CEO, is readying a well-funded startup that aims to help online shoppers find the right products. - A top Comcast Corp. executive took aim at HBO over its planned streaming-video service, saying it could cannibalize a lucrative pay-TV business, highlighting friction between two of the industry’s heavyweights. - Services that offer users data or pay data costs for visiting websites, signing up for free trials or watching movie trailers from smartphones or tablets are gaining traction. - Apartment-rental site Airbnb has met with investors to discuss an employee stock sale that would value the apartment-rental site at about $13 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. - GT Advanced and Apple reached an agreement on winding down production of sapphire materials. - Queen Elizabeth II sent her first personal tweet Friday, except that someone else typed it for her, and someone else probably sent it for her, too. - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which has boosted its profile in the chip-manufacturing industry by inking deals with Apple, has added LG Electronics to its list of customers for the high-tech chipsets used in smartphones. - Google has unveiled Street View images for some 1,900 miles of roads in Bhutan, allowing people who aren’t able to visit the tiny, isolated Himalayan kingdom a chance to take in some of its dramatic vistas. - Amazon took a $170 million charge in the third quarter on inventory and supplier commitments. - Venture capitalists these days tend to avoid chip companies, largely because developing new products costs a bundle. That hasn't stopped Soft Machines. - A quarterly survey that gauges the confidence level in Silicon Valley shows that venture capitalists downgraded their enthusiasm in the third quarter. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bay Area’s big-spending climate is about to change. - A new study found that e-commerce sites vary online pricing depending on whether customers use mobile or desktop devices, iOS or Android, and other factors. - Facebook launched "Rooms," a standalone mobile app that aims to recreate the online chat rooms of the early Internet. - A new app lets drivers summon a valet who meets them at a chosen destination, parks their car nearby, and brings it back when ready to leave. - Amazon.com is scheduled to report third-quarter financial results after regular trading hours Thursday. Here's what you need to know - Foxconn, the company that assembles the bulk of the world’s iPhones, is in preliminary talks to build a factory in northern China that would make high-end screens for the phones as well, in a sign of the company’s ambition to move up the electronics food chain. - Nokia’s quarterly earnings gave ample evidence that the company’s main network unit has moved well beyond several years of painful restructuring. - Apple plans to increase the number of its Apple-brand retail stores in Greater China to 40 from 15 within two years, CEO Tim Cook told local media. - Amazon.com said it would launch web-hosting services in Germany, pushing deeper into a country that has been openly hostile to U.S. Internet firms. - Juniper Networks’ profits met expectations but provided guidance that missed Wall Street expectations as the networking equipment company saw weak demand. - Logitech said its turnaround won’t be derailed by a slowdown in the tablet computer market, as its second-quarter net profit more than doubled. - Russian Internet company Mail.ru posted a 13% increase in third-quarter revenue on improved sales of its games and other web-based services. - Viber Inc. is exploring possible partnerships with social-gaming companies, aiming to integrate games into its instant messaging, voice and video calls service. - Maverick Capital plans to launch its first venture-capital fund on Jan. 1, as hedge funds add to the push to invest in young, privately owned companies. - AT&T lowered its revenue outlook for the year, pointing to fewer-than-expected sign-ups for its no-contract Next wireless plans that require customers to pay full price for their smartphones. - A new study of top e-commerce sites found the practice of personalizing prices for the same goods, or pushing some people toward higher-priced offers, is more widespread than previously understood. - Apple’s iCloud service for users in mainland China has been hit by an attack that could allow perpetrators to intercept and see usernames, passwords and other personal data, activists and security analysts said. - The Republican National Committee hired a tech guru to develop a unified information hub but will face the midterm election with the goal not yet met. - Yahoo reported a slight increase in revenue, helped in part by its growing mobile business, easing for now the pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer. - The iPad Air 2’s quality screen and build make it the best tablet you can buy, but it needs to go beyond one-app-at-a-time functionality, writes Joanna Stern. - Personal Technology: The new iMac’s 5K display is the best, clearest window on your digital world that you can buy, Geoffrey A. Fowler writes.
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