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August 25, 2014, 9:00 AM

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Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG will reveal “G Watch R” circular smartwatch at IFA next week to compete with the Moto 360  —  LG will reveal a circular smartwatch next week to compete with the Moto 360  —  Of the three Android Wear smartwatches introduced at Google's developer conference in June …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Aim of Amazon's in-store payment system may be to allow brick and mortar shops to sell on Amazon's online store  —  Predicting Amazon's Secret Plans in Physical Retail  —  The recent launch of Amazon's in-store credit card reader and checkout software was one of Jeff Bezos' most deliberate acts …
Tweets: @mdudas and @delrey
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Xiaomi Mi4 review: China's iPhone killer is unoriginal but amazing  —  A big iPhone that runs Android ends up being the best of both worlds.  —  Xiaomi (pronounced SHAO-mee) is a complete mystery in the West.  We often hear stories about the “Apple of China” and how existing OEMs should be worried …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Windows 9 preview updates can be installed with one click, no reinstallation required  —  Windows Threshold: Rapid release is getting really interesting  —  Microsoft is working feverishly towards a release of Windows Threshold that is expected to be released late next month.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
White House recruits techies like Mikey Dickerson by dropping suit requirement; still issues BlackBerries  —  The White House Gives Up on Making Coders Dress Like Adults  —  The U.S. Government wants to hire more people like Mikey Dickerson.  He's the former Google engineer …
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
OnBeep raises $6.25 million to create a Star Trek-style communicator device  —  OnBeep, a San Francisco startup founded by Chef co-founder and former Amazon Availability Program Manager Jesse Robbins, has raised a series A funding round worth $6.25 million.  The money will be used to fund …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
FireChat updated with permanent, unique usernames, preventing impersonation and confusion  —  Firechat's new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert  —  FireChat's — the group chatting application that works without cell service …
More: The Verge and Re/code
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Ralph Lauren partners with OMsignal to test connected shirts with ball boys at the US Open  —  Ralph Lauren taps OMsignal for sleek, connected shirts at the U.S. Open  —  Technology and fashion don't often come together in elegant ways, but a collaboration between Ralph Lauren …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this week  —  Slowly but surely, Mozilla is pushing its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets.  Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week.
The Inquisitr News:
Playstation Network Attacked Along With Battle.Net, Services Brought Down [Updated]  —  Sony's PlayStation Network came under a DDoS attack early Sunday morning along with other gaming services like Blizzard's Battle.net and League of Legends.  The latter are back up and running …
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Top 25 most used apps in US: Facebook on top, followed by YouTube; Google is top publisher  —  These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America  —  In its latest mobile app report, comScore tracks the 25 most popular apps in the US.  This is an interesting slice of the App Store …

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