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September 26, 2013, 4:15 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A backpack to remember: can Evernote become a lifestyle company?  —  With Evernote Market, the company starts selling goods that make you smarter  —  A year ago, Phil Libin stood on stage at Evernote's annual conference and announced a cease-fire with paper.
More: MacRumors
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: iMore, The Verge and TUAW
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hopster Promises Netflix for Kids, and No One Else  —  If you're a certain kind of parent, then you know that Netflix is a pretty excellent babysitter.  But Netflix, and rival services like Amazon's Instant Prime, have lots of movies and TV shows that aren't aimed at kids.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mobile Deal-Finding App Shopular Raises $6.4 Million Series A From Sequoia  —  While most mobile applications today are heavily concerned with getting users to remember to open them regularly, mobile deal-finding application Shopular has been content to run in the background …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Build a Working Carbon Nanotube Computer  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — A group of Stanford researchers has moved a step closer to answering the question of what happens when silicon, the standard material in today's microelectronic circuits, reaches its fundamental limits for use in increasingly small transistors.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
JustFab Raises Another $40M Led By Hong Kong's Shining Capital To Take Its Fashion Subscription Commerce Model To Asia And Beyond  —  Hot on the heels of its merger with rival ShoeDazzle (yes, pun intended), subscription-based fashion commerce site JustFab, now with 35 million users …

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
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