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September 1, 2014, 2:20 PM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Nude celebrity picture leak looks like phishing or email account hack  —  Apple's iCloud service may have been the source of the photos but security experts think password hacks are likely explanation  —  The leak of pictures and, allegedly, videos of Jennifer Lawrence by an unknown hacker has security experts - and Apple - puzzled.
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Apple has also reached a deal with Visa and MasterCard for its mobile wallet  —  Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple  —  Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple.  —  An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn't provide any other details.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
75% Of Ikea's Catalog Is Computer Generated Imagery  —  You could have fooled us.  Wait, actually, you did.  —  The best special effects are often the ones you never notice—which may make Ikea the most skillful special effects studio in the world.  The Swedish furniture company …
Reuters:
China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe  —  (Reuters) - A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both  —  Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities  —  If you need a ride, pull out your phone and load up the Lyft app.  Or try Uber.  Really, it doesn't matter which you pick.
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Robert Hof / Forbes:
Baidu's new chief scientist and Google Brain founder Andrew Ng on the new AI lab he's leading  —  Interview: Inside Google Brain Founder Andrew Ng's Plans To Transform Baidu  —  Little known outside China, the Chinese search engine Baidu scored a coup earlier this year when it hired Andrew Ng …
William A. Radasky / IEEE Spectrum:
Digitally controlled infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons  —  Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here  —  A briefcase-size radio weapon could wreak havoc in our networked world.  In the 2001 action movie Ocean's Eleven, criminals use an electromagnetic weapon to black out a portion of Las Vegas.
Frances Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp  —  Officials Seek to Identify What Separates a Social Network From a Messaging Application  —  BRUSSELS—European Union antitrust officials have sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook Inc …
Florin T. / PhoneArena:
Asus ZenWatch will feature voice commands, sub-$200 price confirmed by CEO  —  While LG and Samsung already unveiled the new smartwatches that they're going to bring to IFA 2014 next week (the G Watch R and Gear S, respectively), Asus prefers to wait until September 3 before fully revealing its first smartwatch.

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