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September 11, 2013, 10:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Apple TV in development, could arrive as soon as next month  —  Apple is working on a new version of the Apple TV, and according to MG Siegler, it could arrive as soon as next month.  We have independently heard that a new version of the Apple TV is in development, but our sources …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple TV Software Refresh Coming September 18  —  Nope, Apple didn't show off new Apple TV hardware yesterday.  —  And Apple didn't talk about new software for its Web video box, either.  But it's still coming.  —  People familiar with the company's plans say Apple TV is scheduled …
Danny Yadron / Digits:
Apple: New iPhone Not Storing Fingerprints, Doesn't Like Sweat  —  Apple's new iPhone 5S, which comes with a fingerprint scanner, won't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday, a decision that could ease concerns from privacy hawks.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg on NSA spying: ‘The government blew it’  —  Facebook CEO calls for more transparency in interview at TechCrunch Disrupt  —  The federal government has done a bad job recently in balancing its job protecting US citizens from terrorism with its role in defending civil liberties …
Guardian:
NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel  —  The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive photos of Amazon's completely redesigned next-gen Kindle Fire HD  —  There really isn't much mystery remaining as Amazon prepares to unveil its second-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets and its third-generation Kindle Fire slate in the coming weeks.
Caesar Sengupta / Google Chrome Blog:
New Haswell Chromebooks from Acer, HP, ASUS, and Toshiba arriving in coming months  —  A fresh mix of Intel-based Chromebooks — something for everyone  —  Chromebooks were designed to make computers faster, simpler, safer and much more affordable for everyone.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
The IPhone's Secret Flights From China to Your Local Apple Store  —  As Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled new iPhones yesterday, a complex operation had already kicked into gear behind the scenes to send millions of the handsets to store shelves worldwide.  —  The process starts in China …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 Is... Layer!  —  After three days and some truly incredible pitches from each of our 30 Battlefield competitors, the time has finally come to crown a Disrupt Battlefield champion.  Competition among this year's pack of six finalists — Dryft …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
TiVo eyes the cloud with premiere of network PVR  —  The company says that its technology is only in prototype phase, and will be offered to television providers.  —  TiVo has announced a new, cloud-based television offering that could make its relationships with cable and satellite providers a bit stronger.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Monthly Active Users Are Up 20% To 800M, Including 350M On Mobile, Says Marissa Mayer  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt that Yahoo monthly active users are up 20% to 800 million globally, including 350 million monthly active users on mobile.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Vinod Khosla: 70-80% Of VCs Add Negative Value To Startups  —  Vinod Khosla, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems who later went on to create Khosla Ventures, says that the vast majority of VCs aren't in a position to offer decent advice to startups.  —  In fact, most of them probably hurt startups, he argued.

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