August 26, 2014, 6:05 PM

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Apple Said to Prepare New 12.9-Inch IPad for Early 2015  —  Apple Inc.'s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Cliff Kuang / Wired:
Instagram releases Hyperlapse iOS app for creating fast, smooth time-lapse videos  —  Hyperlapse, Instagram's New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand  —  Today, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, the company's first-ever app outside of Instagram itself.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Documents and interviews reveal Uber's sophisticated, nationwide scheme to poach Lyft drivers  —  This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors …
Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Perkins investing up to $20M in Snapchat at a valuation of nearly $10B  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Agrees to Invest in Snapchat  —  Ephemeral Messaging Service Gets a Venture-Capital Shot in the Arm  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat Inc. …
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
LA suspends iPad program for schools amid accusations that officials had close ties with Apple  —  L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads  —  L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile expands family plan, bulks up tablet data offer  —  The wireless war between Sprint and T-Mobile heats up as T-Mobile fires yet another salvo for a second consecutive day.  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere at CES 2014.  Legere has been eager to fire back at Sprint after its new round of promotions.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Chitika and comScore data suggests Amazon unlikely to have sold more than 35,000 Fire phones  —  Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire phones, data suggests  —  Amazon doesn't give sales data for its devices, but figures from comScore and Chitika suggest only modest sales so far
Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Exclusive: Galaxy Note 4 to sport Synaptics' Natural ID tech, New fingerprint features  —  Since the beginning of the month, we have been exclusively revealing details about Samsung's upcoming flagship phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4, bit by bit.  Last week, we spilled the beans …
Bill Steele / Cornell Chronicle:
Researchers unveil Robo Brain, a giant repository of information collected from the internet that robots can access  —  ‘Robo Brain’ mines the Internet to teach robots  —  To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave.

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