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September 3, 2014, 11:20 PM

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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.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
In The Fappening's Wake, 4chan Intros DMCA Policy  —  Every now and again a phenomenon takes the Internet by storm.  They're situations that the term ‘going viral’ was made for.  A couple of weeks ago it was ice buckets, and since the weekend its been leaked celebrity pictures.
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia to release free maps app on iOS, Android that will work without an Internet connection  —  Nokia Plans to Unfurl New Mobile Map App  —  New Android, iOS Apps Would Work Without Internet Connection  —  STOCKHOLM— Nokia Corp.'s mapping business is making a new push to bring …
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 …
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.
Electronista:
Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard enables simple switching between three devices, costs $50  —  Logitech K480 keyboard switches between phones, tablets, computers  —  Switch toggles between Bluetooth-connected devices  —  Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Delivery Hero, Hungry For Growth, Orders Up Another $350M In Funding  —  Just two weeks after reaching a $1 billion valuation on the back of a major acquisition, Berlin-based online food ordering and delivery site Delivery Hero has yet more news: the company has raised another $350 million in finanacing.
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 …
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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