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August 29, 2014, 1:45 AM

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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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Google X VP Megan Smith is top candidate for US CTO role  —  Google's Smith Is Top Candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  America is close to getting a new chief technology officer: Megan Smith, a longtime executive at Google Inc. and most recently a vice president at its secret lab, Google X.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Rawlinson / Guardian:
Apple tell developers they may not sell personal health data to advertisers  —  The company has tightened its privacy rules in run up to announcements of new technology expected in September  —  Apple has tightened its privacy rules relating to health apps ahead of next month's product launch …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix VP of content delivery Ken Florance says the company had to pay Comcast because it was losing customers  —  The Netflix Case Against Comcast, in One Chart  —  We've already heard Netflix executives explain why they signed an Internet deal with Comcast, even though they say they didn't want to …
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.
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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