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September 1, 2014, 5:55 PM

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Apple Says It Is “Actively Investigating” Celeb Photo Hack  —  Apple said Monday it was “actively investigating” the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
More: Fortune and SalonTweets: @rsg
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 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Local law enforcement agencies seek grants for Hailstorm 4G interception gear to replace “stingrays” as carriers migrate from 2G  —  Cities scramble to upgrade ‘stingray’ tracking as end of 2G network looms  —  OAKLAND, CA—Documents released last week by the City of Oakland reveal …
Tweets: @csoghoian
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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