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Bits Blog: Start-Ups Picked by Disney Hint at Future Tech for Children
Roughly half of the companies use data – in one case collected directly from people’s brains – to make products more appealing.

Common Sense: Léo Apotheker May Have Been Worse H.P. Chief Than Carly Fiorina
While Carly Fiorina’s tenure at Hewlett-Packard has been questioned, the Autonomy deal makes Léo Apotheker a contender for the company’s worst chief.

Elliott Management Acquires Stakes in Polycom and Mitel
The $27 billion hedge fund recommended that the two providers of voice and video communications equipment merge, as part of a wave of consolidation in the telecom equipment sector.

Facebook to Test Emoji as Reaction Icons
The new reaction icons will be available to most Facebook users in Spain and Ireland by the end of this week.

Bits Daily Report: A Potential Deal Between Dell and EMC
Dell is said to be in advanced talks to buy EMC.

Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep Its Soul
The city’s leaders are hoping to avoid the pitfalls bedeviling San Francisco — surging home prices, less diversity — as its tech scene expands.

Review: ‘Steve Jobs,’ Apple’s Visionary C.E.O. Dissected
The movie burnishes the image of Apple’s co-founder even as it tries to peek behind the curtain at the gimcrack machinery of omnipotence.

Companies Backed by Alibaba and Tencent in E-Commerce Venture
Meituan, with a link to Alibaba, is forming a new company with Dianping, supported by Tencent, to help businesses sell their goods and services online in China.

Getting the Big Picture in Boston, Number by Number
City officials are hoping to refine their data on issues like crime, housing for veterans and Wi-Fi availability and turn them into a single score intended to reflect the city’s overall progress.

Amazon Challenges Etsy With Strictly Handmade Marketplace
Amazon’s new service, Handmade at Amazon, will offer artisans a broader market and rules that ensure products are not factory-produced.

Dell Is Said to Be in Talks to Acquire EMC
A takeover of EMC, which has a total enterprise value of $50.8 billion, would answer years of questions about the fate of the company.

In Europe-U.S. Clash on Privacy, a Longstanding Schism
The two sides say they are close on data sharing, but there is no timetable and their objectives are profoundly different.

Bits Blog: Amazon Messes With Billions in Corporate Computing Dollars
Amazon Web Services is starting to offer capabilities that compete head-to-head with longtime business computing giants like Oracle and IBM.

Bits Blog: An Amazon Rival,, Eliminates Its Membership Fee, the much-hyped new rival to Amazon and Costco, is dropping its membership fee three months after its introduction.

App Smart: Help in Identifying Trees for a More Colorful Autumn
Android and iOS apps suggested for fall activities include Leafsnap, Virginia Tech Tree ID, AllTrails, BrightNest and Pumpkin Recipes.

Google Announces Service to Speed Loading of News Articles
The company, in partnership with some publishers, is starting a service that will have the ability to load pages faster on the web through a browser.

Tech Fix: If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router
Many frustrating speed bottlenecks at home can be traced to that dusty old box in your basement.

Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, Whose Tech Is Central to Samsung Pay
Security experts were still looking through LoopPay’s systems, but said there was no indication that Samsung’s systems had been infiltrated.

App City: As HopStop Nears End of the Line, Transfer to Citymapper
HopStop, the transit app owned by Apple, is no longer available for download. But Citymapper remains one of the best apps for finding your way in New York City.

Pandora Buys Ticketfly, a Competitor to Ticketmaster
The $450 million deal for Ticketfly expands the Internet radio company’s mix of services for artists and could pose a challenge to Ticketmaster.

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