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September 3, 2014, 2:50 PM

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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Sony reveals Android Wear-based SmartWatch 3, along with e-ink-equipped SmartBand Talk  —  The company has decided to go with Google smartwatch software efforts rather than its own.  —  Sony revealed two new wearables at IFA on Wednesday: the SmartBand Talk and the SmartWatch 3, the firm's first Android Wear device.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact is a smaller Android smartphone with top-tier specs  —  Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller version its latest flagship smartphone.  Unlike most Android OEMs, which position “mini” handsets as mid-range alternatives, Sony's aim is to make the Xperia Z3 Compact a no-compromise device.
Samsung:
Samsung announces 5.7" Galaxy Note 4 and 5.6" Galaxy Note Edge with curved display on one edge  —  Samsung Introduces the Latest in its Iconic Note Series - The Galaxy Note 4, and Showcases Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge  —  Offering a new dimension to Samsung's unique Note culture …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Galaxy Note Edge's sloped right side serves as a secondary, always-on display for use as a quick app launcher, toolbar, and more  —  The Galaxy Note Edge is a flagship phone with an entirely new kind of curved display  —  Twenty months ago, it was a nameless prototype at CES 2013.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Galaxy Note 4: 2560 x 1440 display, 16MP camera, 2.7GHz quad-core processor, aluminum frame, fingerprint scanner, more sensitive S Pen  —  The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 looks and feels like a premium device (hands-on)  —  When Samsung launched the very first Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, the device …
Apple:
Celebrity photo theft a targeted attack on names, passwords, and security questions, and didn't result from breaches of Find my iPhone or iCloud  —  Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Samsung partners with Oculus on “Gear VR” virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4, says it will ship to consumers this year for unknown price  —  Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on)  —  Facebook's Oculus VR is creating the Rift.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Hands-On With The Samsung Gear S Smartwatch  —  Samsung announced its new curved-display smartwatch last week, but today we were able to get up-close and personal with the new wearable.  Unlike most smartwatches, the Gear S has two very special features.  The first is a curved 2-inch …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google HTC 9-inch tablet may get official magnetic, foldable, keyboard case  —  Exclusive: Here's The Official Keyboard Case Google And HTC Are Planning For The Next Nexus Tablet [Updated]  —  Earlier last month, we posted an exclusive story about Google's explorations into a product called …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS' stylish ZenWatch is all about security, remote control and wellness  —  After its routine pre-show teasers, ASUS' first smartwatch has finally been unveiled at IFA in Berlin.  It's no secret that this Android Wear-powered ZenWatch isn't joining the party of circular watchfaces …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Softcard To Distance From Militant Terror Group  —  Isis, the U.S. mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is rebranding.  “In a few weeks, Isis Wallet will become Softcard.  It's a different name for the same great way to pay,” the company notes on its homepage.
David Kushner / New Yorker:
How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson  —  The Masked Avengers  —  In the mid-nineteen-seventies, when Christopher Doyon was a child in rural Maine, he spent hours chatting with strangers on CB radio.  His handle was Big Red, for his hair.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Pay $7.4 Million Fine for Using Customer Data for Marketing  —  FCC Announces Settlement with Telecom Giant  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to pay $7.4 million to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation into how the telecom giant used customers' personal information for marketing purposes.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Dick Costolo: Twitter shows favorites in timeline when two refreshes don't reveal new tweets  —  Twitter CEO finally explains why random favorites are inserted into your timeline  —  Seeing random tweets in your timeline, like tweets favorited by people you follow?  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has offered up one reason why:
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