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August 26, 2014, 2:50 PM

Top News

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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Uber Begins Testing Lunch Delivery With UberFRESH  —  Uber isn't done producing variations on the theme of on-demand wheels - the startup has now begun testing uberFRESH, a service that provides lunch between 11:30 PM and 2:30 PM to customers in the Santa Monica trial area first …
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 …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Amazon Pounces On Twitch After Google Balks Due To Antitrust Concerns  —  One technology giant's loss is another's gain.  —  In May, Variety first reported that Google was in talks to acquire video game streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion.  Three months later …
Amazon.com:
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
10 million installs later, BitTorrent Sync gets new interface, sharing via links, and proxy server support  —  BitTorrent today released BitTorrent Sync version 1.4, adding a slew of new features to its file synchronization tool.  You can download the new version now for Windows, OS X …
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 …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European antitrust investigation in relation to a four-year-old complaint by a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
The Verge:
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality  —  In the wake of Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?  Seeing is Believing: The State of Virtual Reality By Matthew Schnipper The promise of virtual reality has always been enormous.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft cuts Surface 2 price by $100, hinting at successor or discontinuation  —  Surface 2 prices slashed, hinting at discontinuation or replacement  —  Microsoft has cut $100 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets.  This puts the cheapest 32GB unit at $349, the 64GB unit at $449 …

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