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August 28, 2014, 7:45 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple builds a hidden structure at Flint Center, site of Mac unveiling, ahead of Sept. 9 event  —  Apple Building Massive Structure at Flint Center for iPhone 6 Event  —  Apple today issued invitations for its upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9, which is also said to include its much-anticipated wearable device.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces special event for September 9 with tagline “Wish we could say more”  —  Apple announces special event for Sept. 9  —  Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special event being held on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:00 am.  —  Typically Apple's events are held either …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Our Sources Say the Next iPhone Will Include NFC Mobile Payments  —  Platforms like Google Wallet, Isis, and Square have been around for years, while Apple has remained curiously silent on the mobile payments front.  Well not anymore.  —  The company's next iPhone will feature its own payment platform …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Google X unveils Project Wing, its drone delivery program; tested in secret for two years  —  Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program  —  A zipping comes across the sky.  —  A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Behind Todd Park's new Silicon Valley-based mission to attract talent to reboot Federal IT, as he departs US CTO role  —  America's Tech Guru Steps Down—But He's Not Done Rebooting the Government  —  Todd Park (third from left) with members of his digital team (from left): Haley Van Dyck …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Land:
Google drops authorship support, including authors in results, citing poor adoption by webmasters and low value to searchers  —  It's Over: The Rise & Fall Of Google Authorship For Search Results  —  After three years the great Google Authorship experiment has come to an end ... at least for now.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook testing feature in mobile app to enable keyword search of old posts from friends  —  Facebook Test Lets Users Search Old Posts by Keyword  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is testing a feature for its mobile application that lets people search through old posts from friends by keyword …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, the company said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.
Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
An entire Hollywood-like industry has grown around YouTube creators  —  Hollywood's Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory  —  When Brian Robbins first told people he was going full time into the YouTube (GOOG) business, his colleagues in Hollywood were incredulous.  “My agent, my lawyer, my dad—people thought I was crazy,” he says.

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