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September 3, 2014, 11:40 AM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
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.  Now Samsung's sloping, curved OLED phone is real: meet the Galaxy Note Edge, the highest-end phone in Samsung's lineup.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
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 — a 5.3-inch behemoth that came with a stylus - seemed absurdly large.  But the idea was crazy enough to work: It was the beginning of a brand …
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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
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.  Sony's PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus.  Google is... well, Cardboard exists.  And now Samsung's getting in on the virtual reality action …
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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will give you a 13" 1080p IPS display for $330  —  Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will get you a very nice screen, provided you spring for the more expensive model.  —  Toshiba  —  Most Chromebook hardware can be described as “only OK.”  The need to compete with others requires OEMs …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Joi Ito's Web:
Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem  —  Last year, a group of Media Lab students visited Shenzhen with, bunnie, an old friend and my hardware guru.  He's probably best known for hacking the Xbox, the chumby, an open source networked hardware appliance …
Katie Fehrenbacher / Gigaom:
Daimler acquires transportation apps RideScout and myTaxi  —  Daimler moves ever deeper into software and tech for urban mobility with its acquisition of these two startups.  —  A subsidiary of German car giant Daimler has acquired two startupss — RideScout and myTaxi …
More: TechCrunch and Domain Name WireTweets: @eastdakota
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch  —  Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot  —  Multiple banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards that went on sale this morning in the cybercrime underground.  Home Depot says that it is working with banks …
Amanda Hess / Slate:
Interview with ex-Facebook employee Susan Johnson, founder of new Q&A site women.com  —  What If Men Weren't Allowed on Facebook?  —  The Internet is an egalitarian wonderland where women are free to voice their opinions, dodge rape GIFs, meet new people, field rape threats …

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