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Last Update on October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: APPLE'S CEO COMES OUT AS GAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple's Tim Cook says it wasn't an easy choice to come out as gay. But the CEO of the electronics company says he feels his acknowledgment could end up helping others. He says his "desire for personal privacy" had held him back "from doing something more important." Cook disclosed his sexual orientation in an essay written for Bloomberg Business. The declaration makes him the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook is 53 -- and succeeded Apple founder Steve Jobs as CEO in 2011.

IN THE NEWS: MICROSOFT-FITNESS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is looking to pump up its bottom line by going after the ever-growing fitness market. By introducing a new fitness band and rolling out its own system for pulling together health and fitness data, Microsoft is trying to challenge Apple and Google -- which are already heavily into the market. Microsoft Health follows the launch of Apple's HealthKit in September and Google Fit earlier this week. Unlike rival systems, Microsoft Health will work with competing phones, not just those running Windows.

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