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September 1, 2014, 3:40 PM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Naked celebrity hack: security experts focus on iCloud backup theory  —  After intensive examination of file data leaked by one or more hackers, suspicion grows that iCloud backups were source of pictures - though precise method of attack still unclear  —  iCloud backups appear to be the source …
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Apple partnering with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone to pay for goods in physical stores  —  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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
NDTV Gadgets:
Google Sends Invites for September 15 India Event; Android One Launch Likely  —  Google has sent invitations for an event in India on September 15.  While the invite itself says “More details closer to the date!”, it is expected that the much-awaited Android One smartphones will make their debut at the event.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Xapo CEO explains their heavily guarded offline Bitcoin vaults & the future of cryptocurrency  —  Meet the man building the Fort Knox of bitcoin  —  Can security fit for a super villian's hideout help make bitcoin mainstream?  —  In July, a bitcoin startup named Xapo announced …

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