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September 4, 2014, 8:45 AM

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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Microsoft launches $433 Lumia 830 mid-range phone with 10MP PureView camera, will ship with Lumia Denim  —  Microsoft's Lumia 830 offers PureView imaging at a lower cost  —  Microsoft Devices, formerly known as Nokia's phone division, is no slouch when it comes to its device lineup.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Intel reveals MICA, a smart bracelet with semi-precious stones and a 3G radio for under $1K, available end of year  —  Intel reveals MICA, its first luxury smart bracelet  —  The bracelet, with a sapphire display and semi-precious gems, was made for the high-end women's accessory market …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Automatic smart driving assistant brings its dashboard to the web  —  The smart driving assistant Automatic is getting even more capable this morning with the roll out of a new dashboard interface made specifically for the web.  You will probably recognize the interface (seen above) …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple design head Jony Ive ahead of iWatch debut: ‘Switzerland is in trouble’  —  Ahead of Apple's September 9th event that will include the introduction of Apple's first wearable computer, along new, larger iPhones, The New York Times has profiled the existing wearable market.  The juiciest bit from the story?
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's CFO hints that the company's priorities includes improving search, and group chat  —  Twitter's Product Checklist: Better Search and Group Chats?  —  A souped-up search engine.  An improved algorithm.  Group chatting.  —  These appear to be among Twitter's priorities …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC launches Desire 820 with 64 bit support for Android L, 5.5" 720p display, 13MP camera  —  HTC's colorful Desire 820 is full of camera pixels and processor bits  —  8-megapixel camera on the front, 13 megapixels on the back, and one of the first 64-bit chips for Android
Klint Finley / Wired:
OX Guard: Open source tool that can send encrypted email to anyone, even those not using it  —  The Open Source Tool That Lets You Send Encrypted Emails to Anyone  —  In the wake of the mass NSA surveillance scandal sparked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, all sorts of hackers, academics …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Teradata embraces the big data ecosystem, buys Think Big Analytics  —  Data warehouse vendor Teradata continues to step up its game in the broader big data market, this time by acquiring consulting firm Think Big Analytics, which specializes in helping clients deploy open source technologies and build analytics applications.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Box looks to revamp business processes with Workflow; Office 365 tie-in going live  —  Summary: More than 240,000 businesses, 27 million users, and 99 percent of the Fortune 500 are now actively using the Box platform.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—After years of striving to revise how employees store …
IDC:
Projection: phablet shipments to hit 175M in 2014, surpassing portable PCs, and 318M in 2015, surpassing tablets  —  A Future Fueled by Phablets - Worldwide Phablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PCs in 2014 and Tablets by 2015, According to IDC  —  According to a new forecast …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon launches self publishing program for kids books  —  Summary: Amazon's KDP Kids is modeled after its self-publishing program where authors can retain royalties of up to 70 percent on sales.  —  In its latest move to generate more original content for its Kindle ecosystem …

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