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August 27, 2014, 4:10 AM

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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.
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 …
More: Re/code and VentureBeat
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 …
More: Tech TimesTweets: @jbrodkin
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
ArcSoft launches Simplicam, a home-monitoring camera with facial recognition for $150, one-day cloud recording an additional $50/year  —  Simplicam gives Dropcam a run for less money  —  Arcsoft is a company you've probably never heard of, but you've likely got some of its technology in your pocket.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Square Cash 2.0 Adds Free Money Transfer By Text Message, Payment Notes And More  —  Square has a new update out for its Cash app that lets users send cash by text, greatly improving the versatility of the mobile payment app.  The update also improves the user interface for sending …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pew study shows social media users more reluctant to share 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.

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