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September 26, 2013, 10:00 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft building a single app store for the next Windows Phone and Windows releases  —  Microsoft is planning to combine its Windows Phone Store and Windows Store into a single app store.  Sources familiar with the company's plans have revealed to The Verge that Terry Myerson …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google unveils search updates for mobile, new Page Rank algorithm, and Knowledge Graph comparisons  —  This week, Google marks its 15-year anniversary and the team brought members of the media to the original Google House to talk about the future of the company.
TechCrunch:
EBay's PayPal Acquires Payments Gateway Braintree For $800M In Cash  —  Ebay's PayPal has acquired Chicago-based payments gateway Braintree, in an all-cash deal worth $800 million.  We had originally reported that Braintree was on the block, with Square and PayPal both in acquisition talks for the company.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Is Ford's Alan Mulally Now in the Lead to Be New CEO of Microsoft?  —  According to sources close to the situation, Ford CEO Alan Mulally has vaulted to the forefront of the candidates to become the new CEO of Microsoft.  —  Earlier this month, the well-known leader of the car maker categorically denied …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Finally: Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake  —  Bill Gates made many exceptional decisions while he was leading Microsoft to immense success.  He did, however, make a few errors.  —  Bill Gates chats with David Rubenstein, Harvard Campaign co-chair.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Intel Looking for Help from Amazon or Samsung to Keep Its Web TV Project Alive  —  Intel executives, who have promised to launch a Web-based pay TV service by the end of 2013, are now looking for a strategic backer to help them fund and distribute the service.  If they don't find one soon, it's possible the project will be scrapped.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon  —  Typo ruin your social media masterpiece?  Facebook is starting to let you edit a post's text after you publish it.  The feature comes to the web and Android in an update today, and to iOS soon.
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
LA officials may delay school iPad rollout after students hack them for personal use  —  LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked  —  LAUSD students have figured out how to bypass security restrictions on iPads issued to them by the school district, giving them access to non-scholastic Internet sites.
Eric Chemi / Businessweek:
Listen Up Apple Haters: iPhone Sales Eclipse Microsoft and Amazon  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken plenty of flack for running a company that is supposedly well past its glory days—and the iPhone smartphone franchise is sometimes dismissed as a spent force, losing ground to other more innovative brands like Android and Samsung.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Seriously, Samsung?  Sorry, roamers, but the new Galaxy Note 3 is region-locked  —  People buying the unlocked Galaxy Note 3 in regions such as Europe or North America will not be able to a SIM card from another region in it, meaning they will have to pay exorbitant roaming fees if they travel outside the region.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry Manufacturing Partner Looking to Bail  —  BlackBerry's ongoing collapse is becoming a serious drag on the company's manufacturing partner Jabil Circuit.  So much so that Jabil is considering ending its business relationship with the struggling smartphone pioneer.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 with fix for Lock screen passcode bypass flaw  —  Apple has released iOS 7.0.2 over-the-air for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  This is a bug fix release that focuses on rectifying an issue that could allow users to bypass the passcode unlock on the Lock screen.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Major update to VLC for Mac adds 4K support, improved MKV support, interface improvements and more  —  VideoLAN has released version 2.1 of its popular open source video player, VLC.  The update — codenamed “Ricewind” — brings new audio processing to the app, to improve both processing performance and audio fidelity.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
FastMail goes independent again after team buys itself free of Opera  —  Paid-for email service FastMail is returning to independence after its staff purchased the company back from Opera in an undisclosed deal announced today.  Web-browser-maker Opera acquired the company back in 2010.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Stir's Kinetic Desk is a standing desk that learns your sitting habits, moves when you need a break (video)  —  If Apple were to build a desk, it would look like this.  Much like Nest, maker of the world's sexiest thermostat, Stir is a company founded by someone who worked on the first iPods …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
(RED) Partner Apple Has Raised Over $65M For AIDS Relief In Total  —  (RED) announced early today that its partner Apple had helped it raise more than $65 million to finance programs which include prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Academia.edu, The Social Networking Platform For Researchers, Raises $11.1 Million  —  For about five years, Richard Price and the team at Academia.edu have been quietly building a social networking platform for academics and researchers.  —  For years, it was slow going.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
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