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September 23, 2013, 6:00 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft unveils Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories  —  Pre-order will begin at 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 24.  —  Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that the Microsoft Surface family of tablets is growing.  Two new Surface models — Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — along with an expanded portfolio …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 with Haswell Core i5 processor, improved battery life, and two-position kickstand starting at $899  —  Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 with updated kickstand and Haswell processor  —  Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 2, a new version of its flagship 10.6-inch Windows tablet.
Tim Stevens / CNET:
Surface 2 declassified: How Microsoft made Surface into the tablet the world said it wanted  —  Microsoft's first Surface tablets left room for improvement.  We sit down with Panos Panay and other members of the Surface team at Microsoft HQ to find out how the company's group of designers …
BlackBerry:
BlackBerry Enters into Letter of Intent with Consortium led by Fairfax Financial  — BlackBerry entitled to go-shop during due diligence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted  —  Waterloo, ON - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB) …
Bernd Leger / Localytics:
iPhone 5s Outsells 5c by a Factor of 3.4x in the United States Opening Weekend  —  With Apple launching not just one but two new phones on Friday, there's been much speculation about which of the two phones would emerge as the early adopter favorite.  After just a little more than 48 hours after launch …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone 5s And iPhone 5c Sell 9M Units Over Opening Weekend, Topping 5M For iPhone 5 Last Year  —  Apple has just issued a press release revealing it sold 9M iPhones during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.  As is typical for the company with new hardware …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Moto X Update Dramatically Improves Camera Quality  —  In my Moto X review, I characterized camera performance and quality as very bimodal.  In some scenes it could take great photos, in others it seemed to struggle and either produce images that looked somewhat washed out with weird white balance or aggressive noise reduction.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Flipboard Raises $50 Million More on $800 Million Valuation  —  According to sources close to the situation, Flipboard has raised $50 million in new funding, in a round led by Rizvi Traverse Management and Goldman Sachs.  —  The new funding puts the valuation of the Silicon Valley startup …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Valve announces SteamOS, a living room operating system for games  —  Valve is done teasing.  Today, Valve has revealed SteamOS, its own operating system based on Linux, designed for living room gaming PCs.  It's the first step towards Valve's Steam Box, its vision for an open video game console.
Andrew Bocking / Inside BlackBerry:
BBM for Android and iPhone will not launch this week following leak of unreleased version  —  BBM for Android and iPhone Update - Note from the head of BBM  —  This is Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry.  As a follow up to our first blog post on Saturday, I want to take a moment …

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