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September 24, 2013, 4:05 PM

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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Teardown Shows iPhone 5S Costs at Least $199 to Build, $173 for the 5C  —  New iPhones always gladden the hearts of the analysts at the research firm IHS, because it means it's time to tear the phones apart.  —  This year's iPhone teardown project was twice as much fun …
George Chen / South China Morning Post:
EXCLUSIVE: China to lift ban on Facebook - but only within Shanghai free-trade zone  —  Beijing has made the landmark decision to lift a ban on internet access within the Shanghai Free-trade Zone to foreign websites considered politically sensitive by the Chinese government, including Facebook …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Full Remote Device Lockdown Is Now Live In The Android Device Manager, Instantly Overrides Previous Lock Settings With Specified Password  —  In our recent APK/website teardown, we unearthed Android's upcoming remote device lock functionality through Google Play Services, and now it has quietly gone live in the Android Device Manager.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
In Its First Acquisition, StumbleUpon Buys Video Recommendation Startup 5by  —  Content discovery service StumbleUpon is announcing that it has acquired 5by, a video startup based in Montreal.  —  The financial terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, but the companies say the entire six-person 5by team …
More: CNET, BetaKit and AllThingsD
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Purported iOS 7 bug logs users out of popular apps like Mailbox and Snapchat  —  An apparent bug in Apple's iOS 7 software is repeatedly logging users out of several apps like Mailbox, Snapchat, and Loom.  The Verge has confirmed the issue directly with a few of the affected companies.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches faster iMacs with 802.11ac WiFi, Pro graphics, improved Flash  —  Apple has launched an updated line of iMacs with faster processors, improved graphics, faster 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, and improved Flash storage.  The new iMacs are now available from Apple's online store.
CNBC:
Twitter IPO home still in flux, no decision on NYSE: Sources  —  Not so fast, New York Stock Exchange.  —  Despite a report that Twitter had chosen to list its initial public offering on the NYSE, sources tell CNBC that Twitter is only leaning toward the Big Board, and that no final decision has yet been made.
More: Reuters and ValueWalk
Chris Ciaccia / TheStreet.com:
Kristin Burnham / InformationWeek:
Yahoo Recycled Emails: Users Find Security Surprises  —  When Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional, learned in June that Yahoo planned to free up abandoned account IDs, he jumped on the opportunity to request a nickname he's had since high school.  He was thrilled when Yahoo emailed him in August to say the ID was available.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Humans wrote tweets for popular Twitter spambot @Horse_ebooks for two years as conceptual art  —  @Horse_ebooks is a human performance  —  @Horse_ebooks, the Twitter account that was until now largely thought to be a spambot, is in fact controlled by real people.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 now available for pre-order  —  As Microsoft announced at its launch event yesterday, the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are now available for pre-order, with shipments expected for October 21st.  The Surface 2 starts at $449 for the 32GB model, while the 64GB version is $549.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
iMessage makes the jump to Android in the form of a shady unofficial app  —  Earlier this month, iMessage Chat for Android appeared on the Google Play store.  The app is by no means an official Apple-created iMessage solution for Android, but the creation of a third-party developer named Daniel Zweigart.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Intuit Overhauls QuickBooks Online as Competition for Small Businesses Ramps Up  —  Intuit today is unveiling a drastic overhaul of its QuickBooks Online accounting software for small businesses.  The redesign takes visual cues from Mint.com, the personal finance website that Intuit acquired in 2009 …
More: TechCrunch and The Next WebTweets: @flyosity
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Apologizes, Says Gmail Uptime Not Affected By Yesterday's Email Delivery Delays  —  Google has apologized and offered up an explanation of sorts for yesterday's lengthy issues involving Gmail delivery delays.  For those who receive so little email that you may have missed this …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung ISOCELL smartphone camera sensors promise better colors in low-light  —  Samsung's offering up spoilers at what we can expect from future Galaxy smartphones — already.  They will likely feature ISOCELL, the company's new CMOS imaging sensor.  It adds “advanced pixel technology” …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Following criticism & lawsuit, Apple refunding Breaking Bad iTunes Season Passes  —  In August, we noted that iTunes was offering Season Passes of the popular show Breaking Bad in a split-up format.  For Season 5 of the show, the first eight episodes was under one iTunes purchase …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Nvidia seeks peace with Linux, pledges help on open source driver (Updated)  —  Torvalds isn't yet ready to apologize for giving Nvidia the finger.  —  Editor's note: See the update at the end of this article for Linus Torvalds' response to Nvidia.  —  Few companies have been the target …

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