August 27, 2014, 9:25 AM

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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.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Tim Cook says the recent slump in iPad sales is just a “speed bump”  —  In Defense of Tablets  —  The tablet is doomed.  It was a fad.  Who needs one, anyway?  —  At least that's the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news.
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 …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pew study shows social media users are more reluctant than others to share their dissenting views, online or off  —  How Social Media Silences Debate  —  The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Jessica Alba's The Honest Co. Raises $70M, Preps for IPO … In preparation for an IPO, Jessica Alba's The Honest Co., a maker of eco-friendly baby products, has raised $70 million at a valuation just shy of $1 billion and is beginning partnership talks to expand to China, Dow Jones VentureWire has learned.
Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Perkins investing up to $20M in Snapchat's next round at nearly $10B valuation; DST Global invested earlier this year at $7B valuation  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Agrees to Invest in Snapchat  —  Ephemeral Messaging Service Gets a Venture-Capital Shot in the Arm
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Square raising $200M, partly from Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, at $6B valuation  —  In raising cash, Square heads for $6B valuation: Sources  —  Square, the payments provider that turns any smartphone into a credit card terminal, is in the process of raising capital …
Winston Ross / MIT Technology Review:
Luth gathers metadata from smartphones, tablets and PC's, pays participants $100/month  —  How Much Is Your Privacy Worth?  —  Despite the outcry over government and corporate snooping, some people allow themselves be monitored for money or rewards.  —  Anyone paying attention knows …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Video and HD Voice over LTE on the way to Verizon in the “coming weeks”  —  Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to get the VoLTE ball rolling but the wait is nearly over.  Soon, the company will introduce Advanced Calling 1.0 with video calls and HD Voice across its LTE network.
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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Matthew Prince / CloudFlare Blog:
CloudFlare's global connectivity costs suggest telco consolidation increases bandwidth prices for companies  —  The Relative Cost of Bandwidth Around the World  —  Over the last few months, there's been increased attention on networks and how they interconnect.
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 …
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.

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