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August 26, 2014, 10:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
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.
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 …
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.
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
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
LA suspends iPad program for schools amid accusations that officials had close ties with Apple and Pearson  —  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 …
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords over fire, burn risk  —  Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could pose fire and burn hazards.  —  HP is recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops.  The company is recalling …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix says 99 percent of its links with ISPs are unpaid  —  Netflix hates writing checks to Internet service providers—and luckily enough, it usually doesn't have to.Though the streaming video company has complained bitterly about having to pay Comcast, AT&T, Verizon …
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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.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Facebook hires team behind WaveGroup for in-house sound design  —  Facebook didn't actually acquire a sound studio, but it did hire audio engineers  —  Part of Facebook's overall strategy appears to include creating original audio content, as evident by a handful of recent hires who previously worked at sound studio WaveGroup Sound.

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