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September 4, 2014, 4:20 AM

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls  —  Rogue cell phone towers can track your phone and intercept your calls, and it's only a matter of time before they're as ubiquitous as GPS trackers.  But at least now there's a way to spot them.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @kpoulsen and @virusbtn
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:
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 …
More: Gizmodo
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 …
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?
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet Consolidates 5 Emerging Market Fashion Brands Into One: $3.5B GFG  —  More news this morning from Rocket Internet as the Berlin-based startup incubator continues to clean house ahead of a planned public listing: today the company, alongside one of its biggest co-investors …
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
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 …
Luke Edwards / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft announces Lumia Denim update, Cortana enhanced and 4K video added  — Share on Facebook - Tweet about it - Pint It - Share on LinkedIn - Post on Google+ - Share via Email  —  Microsoft has updated its Windows Phone 8.1 software with an update that should improve the Cortana voice assistant.
More: Engadget and The Verge
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 …
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.

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