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September 17, 2013, 7:50 PM

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple testing iOS 7.0.1, preparing iOS 7.1 - iPhone 5s supply ‘severely constrained’  —  It's no secret Apple is working on newer versions of iOS 7 even before iOS 7 is released to the public.  We're able to confirm this two ways: one is through multiple sources of ours and the second is, well, because we have one.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5s to be constrained at launch as Apple preps app to check availability  —  While supply for Apple's iPhone 5c has been strong enough to deter complete sell-outs from carrier stores and Apple's own online store, sources say that supplies of the higher-end iPhone 5s will be constrained at launch (as we expected).
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google looking to replace third-party cookies with new anonymous identifier AdID  —  Google eyes big change in online tracking for ads  —  Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Apple offering ‘last compatible version’ of iOS apps for older hardware  —  With iOS 7 arriving tomorrow, Apple is extending some love to the owners of older iOS devices that have been left behind.  New compatibility features, first spotted on Reddit, will now kick into action if you attempt …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Adobe moves into hardware: Project Mighty ‘cloud pen’ and Project Napoleon ruler to launch in 2014  —  At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ - an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Amazon adds AirPlay streaming, IMDb integration to Instant Video iOS app  —  There are many ways to get a leg-up in the online content war, and one of them is to make sure your services are easy to use with competitor hardware.  To that end, an update to the Amazon Instant Video app for iOS …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / The Verge:
Google is done selling the Nexus 4 in the US  —  The Nexus 4's run in Google Play is now over.  On Monday, Google's online storefront sold out of the 16GB version of the flagship phone in the US, and a trusted source with knowledge of the company's plans tells The Verge that this marks the end for the LG-built device.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Initiates Massive $40 Billion Share Buyback Program  —  Shortly before market opening, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced a new massive buyback program as well as a dividend increase.  The new buyback program comes after the expiration of a previous $40 billion program that is set to expire on September 2013.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
New Google Wallet App Moves Past NFC and to All Major Carriers. iPhone Version on Tap?  —  Google is launching a new version of its Google Wallet app for Android today and there are some big changes.  —  Most notably, the app will now be available on all Android devices running version 2.3 …
Pete Swabey / Information Age:
Cloud provider Nirvanix gives customers two weeks to vacate data  —  US-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix tells employees it has “gone to the wall”, gives customers until the end of the month to move their data elsewhere  —  UK partner seeking financial rescue deal
More: Digits, VentureBeat and Ars TechnicaTweets: @storagezar
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Secret court declassifies opinion providing rationale for metadata sharing  —  For the first time, the United States' most secret court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), has published its legal rationale as to why the telecom metadata sharing program under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is legitimate.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Facebook's Shaffer and Zandy to Depart  —  Facebook is losing two key employees: Justin Shaffer, a project manager who is helping to lead the company's video ad product, and Ashley Zandy, a manager on its corporate communications team.  —  The departures, confirmed by Facebook …
More: AllFacebookTweets: @evelynrusli and @pkafka
Kate Tummarello / Hillicon Valley:
“Do not track” effort in trouble as Digital Advertising Alliance leaves working group  —  ‘Do not track’ effort in trouble  —  A key stakeholder is pulling out of talks to create a “do not track” list similar to the popular do not call lists that prevent telemarketers from calling people at home.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
State-Sponsored Hacker Gang Has a Side Gig in Fraud  —  An elite group of nation-state hackers running roughshod through the financial sector and other industries in the U.S. has pioneered techniques that others are following, and has used sophisticated methods to go after hardened targets …
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Electronic Arts Taps Insider Andrew Wilson as CEO  —  Mr. Wilson, 39, is Head of EA's Sports Videogames Brand  —  Electronic Arts Inc. is turning to Andrew Wilson, the head of its sports videogame brand, as its next chief executive, signaling to investors it plans to stay the course with offering a broad range of products.

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