August 31, 2014, 12:35 PM

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Apple has considered a $400 price for its wearable device, with some models priced lower  —  Apple Has Considered $400 Price for Wearable Device  —  Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company's new wearable device.  —  Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Anand Shimpi stepping down as Editor in Chief of AnandTech and retiring from tech publishing  —  The Road Ahead  —  Both of my parents were teachers, and for as long as I can remember they both encouraged me to do something in life that would help others.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple partnering with American Express to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone to pay for goods in physical stores  —  Apple Working With American Express on iPhone 6 Mobile Payments  —  Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system …
Dom Esposito / 9to5Google:
Android Wear powered Sony SmartWatch 3 and ‘SmartBand Talk’ with curved e-ink display launching at IFA 2014  —  IFA 2014 is right around the corner and we're expecting to see quite a bit of tech launched during the show.  Sony is in attendance this year and their official press event is scheduled to happen on on Sept. 4th, 2014.
Dom Esposito / 9to5Google:
Sony's Xperia expected announcements at IFA: Z3 flagship phone, Z3 Compact, low-cost E3 phone, and waterproof Z3 Tablet Compact  —  Revealed: The new phones and waterproof tablet that Sony has up its sleeves for IFA 2014  —  As we've previously reported, Sony will be launching …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
An inside look at Apple's media strategy, its earlier control-obsessed regime, and the transformation with the departure of Jobs disciple Katie Cotton  —  Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple's Mastery of the Media  —  “Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Second Bitcoin user Hal Finney dies at 58 after battle with ALS, has body cryonically frozen  —  Bitcoin's Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future  —  Some bitcoin enthusiasts have used their cryptocurrency to travel the world.  Others have spent it on a trip to space.
Allan Holmes / The Center for Public Integrity:
How AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable use state governments to hinder municipal broadband  —  How big telecom smothers city-run broadband  —  AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable use statehouses to curb public Internet service  —  The 400-acre Coffee County Joint Industrial Park …
Robert Lemos / Ars Technica:
Weak WPS randomization on some routers lets attackers in Wi-Fi range easily guess PINs  —  Offline attack shows Wi-Fi routers still vulnerable  —  A researcher has refined an attack on wireless routers with poorly implemented versions of the Wi-Fi Protected Setup that allows someone to quickly gain access to a router's network.
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