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September 17, 2013, 1:45 PM

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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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
As Amazon Preps Its Apple TV Killer, It Plays Nicely With Apple TV  —  Amazon is planning on going head to head with Apple TV later this fall.  —  But before that happens, it will work nicely with Apple TV: Amazon's Instant Video app now supports AirPlay, which means you can stream old episodes of …
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.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple quiet on iPhone 5c pre-orders as stock price slides  —  Apple is clearly positioning the upcoming iPhone 5c as its next smartphone for the masses.  The colored, plastic device is the first thing you see when visiting Apple.com or the company's iPhone page.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Bing gets a new logo and modern design to take on Google  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting a new look.  A year in the making, Bing is dropping its curly blue logo for a modern design that closely matches the rest of Microsoft's recently redesigned product branding.
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 …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube starts testing Chromecast support for third-party websites  —  YouTube quietly started to add support for Chromecast to its embedded web player, allowing users of Google's TV dongle to beam videos displayed on third-party websites straight from their browser to their TV.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Tiger Global Ups Investment in Creator of WordPress.com  —  Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, doesn't feel any pressure to take his Web publishing company public.  —  With friends like Tiger Global Management, why would he?  —  Tiger, the tech-hungry New York-based investment firm …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“That's The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard Of.”  —  When Twitter broke the news last week about its forthcoming IPO, I got a bit sentimental.  In 2006, when Twitter was entering the world as a side project of the podcasting startup Odeo, I had just left my first “career” in the film industry to try to make it in the tech industry.
Tweets: @dtrinh
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Facebook and Twitter Blocked Again in Iran After Respite  —  TEHRAN — Internet users in Iran lost access Tuesday to Facebook and Twitter, a day after they were surprised to find that they could get on the sites without having to evade a government's firewall that had blocked direct access to the Web sites for years.
Joe Miller / BBC:
UK to test emergency mobile alerts  —  Californian police alerted people to a wanted vehicle using a targeted message  —  A system which sends emergency alerts to mobile phones within a specific area is to be tested in the UK.  —  The messages could be used to raise the alarm about flooding …
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Surreptitiously Tampering with Computer Chips  —  This is really interesting research: “Stealthy Dopant-Level Hardware Trojans.”  Basically, you can tamper with a logic gate to be either stuck-on or stuck-off by changing the doping of one transistor.  This sort of sabotage is undetectable by functional testing or optical inspection.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Occipital's New Structure Sensor Turns Your iPad Into A Mobile 3D Scanner  —  The folks at San Francisco-based Occipital are very much software people — the company's RedLaser app was a big hit in the early App Store days before the team sold it to eBay, as was 360 Panorama …
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Hightail buys adeptCloud to make file storage safer in the cloud  —  File storage company Hightail acquired security company adeptCloud today, continuing its quest to compete with major names in the cloud file-sharing industry.  —  Hightail was attracted to adeptCloud because of its existing focus on security.

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