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September 25, 2013, 5:35 AM

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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon Announces The Kindle HDX 7- And 8.9-Inch Tablets With High-Res Screens, 2GHz Processors  —  Amazon has upped the Fire tablet ante with two new HDX models in 7- and 8.9-inch sizes with brand-new, high-resolution screens and running an updated Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor at 2GHz.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Amazon refreshes Kindle Fire HD with new body, $139 price tag  —  No surprise, of course, that the Kindle Fire HDX was the thing Amazon really wanted to shout about from the Seattle mountaintops today.  But Jeff Bezos had another little surprise up his impeccably tailored sleeves …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Talks New Kindles and What He's Doing Next  —  For the last two years, Amazon.com (AMZN) has scraped and clawed its way to a relatively minor position in the exploding tablet market.  Its Kindle Fire tablets, which plug directly into Amazon's own media and e-commerce services …
More: MashableTweets: @inafried
Brad Reed / BGR:
Elop's contract reportedly gave him a big incentive to tank Nokia's stock, sell company  —  Wild-eyed believers in the Grand Elop Conspiracy might feel a little less crazy this morning.  Frequent BGR contributor Tero Kuittinen, writing over at Forbes, points us to some reports …
Venu Satuluri / Twitter:
Twitter recommends accounts and tweets in notifications based on @MagicRecs algorithms  —  Stay in the know  —  We've started rolling out a new notification that recommends interesting accounts and Tweets for you.  —  If you're like me, you occasionally feel like you're missing …
jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Next for Nest: A Smoke Detector  —  Smart thermostat-maker Nest Labs has been developing a smoke detector that could go on sale as soon as later this year, we have learned from people close to the startup.  —  Why are we telling you about a potential new smoke detector?  Good question.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bypassing TouchID was “no challenge at all,” hacker tells Ars  —  Ars expressed surprise on Monday that a hacker was able to bypass fingerprint protection less than 48 hours after its debut in Apple's newest iPhone, but not everyone felt the same way.  The hack, carried out by well-known …
More: ZDNet
Marc Rogers / The Official Lookout Blog:
Why I Hacked Apple's TouchID, And Still Think It Is Awesome.  —  By now, the news is out —TouchID was hacked.  In truth, none of us really expected otherwise.  Fingerprint biometrics use a security credential that gets left behind everywhere you go on everything you touch.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
The Myth of Steve Jobs' Constant Breakthroughs  —  Last Friday, Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale.  The company sold nine million of them in the first weekend, breaking the five-million-phone record it set last year with the iPhone 5.  I sort of thought that was clearly good news for Apple and the iPhone.
More: ParisLemonTweets: @groucho and @time
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics to launch smartphone with curved display in October  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will introduce a smartphone with a curved display in October, as the world's top handset maker seeks to set the pace of hardware innovation and maintain its supremacy in a fiercely competitive business.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
With its new cloud player, RealNetworks is trying the next big turnaround  —  “When I came back, I said: show me the iOS version of RealPlayer.”  —  RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser still vividly remembers talking to his team after he returned to the company as CEO last summer …
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Oracle takes the fight to Amazon, Salesforce.com with new cloud services  —  Ten new cloud services plus a marketplace are being added to Oracle's arsenal  —  Oracle is offering a series of new services that position it as a one-stop shop for all things cloud and directly target the likes of Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google yanks sketchy iMessage clone for Android from app store  —  People who probed the app's innards suspected it was harvesting Apple ID credentials  —  An app that purportedly spoofed a Mac so that Android smartphone and tablet owners could send and receive text-like messages through …
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 …

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