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September 4, 2014, 9:35 PM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
New, larger iPhones to offer one-handed mode for easier typing; iWatch circuit board is “tiny”  —  Apple Nears Introduction of Smartwatch and Bigger iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple wants to make a big splash, it returns to its history.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces live stream for Sept. 9 iPhone/iWatch event  —  Apple has just announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming event later this month on September 9th.  Its website also includes a countdown clock pictured above and a link for Apple users to add the event to their calendar.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's smartwatch will come in two sizes, both with curved OLED screens and NFC  —  Apple's Watch to Usher In Short-Range Wireless  —  Coming Smartwatch, iPhone Will Have Technology to Provide Tap-to-Pay Features  —  Apple Inc. plans to include short-range wireless technology in its coming smartwatch …
Noah Everett / Twitpic Blog:
Twitpic to shut down September 25, citing trademark dispute with Twitter  —  Twitpic is shutting down  —  Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th.  You will be able to export all your photos and videos.  We'll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Apple Said to Negotiate Deep Payments Discounts from Big Banks  —  Apple reportedly has reached deals to lower its card transaction fees with five of the largest financial institutions in the nation as part of the Silicon Valley giant's to-be-launched payments venture.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
White House names Google's Megan Smith US CTO, Twitter's Alexander Macgillivray Deputy US CTO  —  White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States  —  The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer.
Robert Purchese / Eurogamer.net:
Oculus founders interviewed, say they want the consumer Rift to sell in $200-$400 price range  —  Oculus answers the big Rift questions  —  Does it still care about games?  —  A year ago I told Palmer Luckey's story, about how he'd invented what would become Oculus Rift in his parent's garage.
Edmond Lococo / Bloomberg:
Baidu says its computing cluster will be 100 times more powerful than “Google Brain”  —  Baidu Builds Largest Computer Brain for Online Queries  —  Baidu Inc. is building the world's largest and most powerful computer cluster to improve image recognition as online queries move away from text.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit, Kickstarter, and others plan net neutrality ‘day of action’ on September 10th  —  With public comments closing on September 15th, the clock is ticking  —  As the FCC prepares to close public comments on its net neutrality proposal, major internet companies are organizing a protest to raise awareness.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack  —  If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's updated Slingshot lifts reciprocation burden, allows sending of “unlocked” photos and videos  —  Facebook's Slingshot: Send Unlocked Photos and Videos  —  Facebook today updated its Slingshot app for Android and iOS, changing the only feature that makes the app unique.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Nvidia launches patent suit against Qualcomm, Samsung  —  Summary: Besides damages, Nvidia wants the ITC to ban select Samsung Galaxy devices running on Qualcomm chips.  —  In a fresh patent suit for the tech world, Nvidia is launching a legal battle against Qualcomm and Samsung.
New York Times:
Labor groups claim Apple supplier failed to provide adequate protective equipment, facility maintenance, and fire training; Apple is “investigating”  —  Groups Accuse Apple Supplier in China of Labor Violations  —  HONG KONG — With its stock near a high and its latest iPhone expected …
Luke Edwards / Pocket-lint:
Lenovo announces Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2 with 64-bit and 8-core chips  —  Lenovo has taken the wraps of its latest smartphones in the Vibe range at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin.  The Lenovo Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2 are bringing next-generation chips to the relatively young smartphone range.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's CFO hints that the company's product priorities include group chat, improving search, and surfacing older tweets  —  Twitter's Product Checklist: Better Search and Group Chats?  —  A souped-up search engine.  An improved algorithm.  Group chatting.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Huawei announces flagship Ascend Mate 7 with 6" display, 8 cores, and fingerprint scanner  —  IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores  —  Summary: Huawei continues to release high quality phones at reasonable prices and the upcoming Mate 7 looks …
Jonathan / Web Policy:
Coursera privacy vulnerabilities: DB of 9M users downloadable, enrollments visible to teachers  —  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Coursera  —  I'm excited to be teaching Stanford Law's first Coursera offering this fall, on government surveillance.  In preparation, I've …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Email App Acompli Arrives On Android, Adds A “Focused” Inbox That Displays Your Most Important Mail First  —  One of the better mobile email applications to emerge in recent months is Acompli, an app designed for business and professional users looking for a simple, but powerful tool to manage their email …

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