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September 4, 2014, 4:50 PM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
New, larger iPhones to offer one-handed mode for easier typing; iWatch circuitboard 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.  —  Thirty years ago at the Flint Center …
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.
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.
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.
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
Hootsuite raises $35M led by Fidelity Investments at an $800M valuation  —  Canada's Hootsuite Secures $35 Million Investment from Fidelity-Led Group  —  Investment Raises Media Company's Value to Nearly $800 Million  —  TORONTO—Canada's Hootsuite Media Inc. has secured $35 million …
More: BetaKit and VentureBeat
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.
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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google agrees to pay $19 million in FTC in-app kids lawsuit  —  Federal officials on Thursday announced Google has agreed to settle charges and repay $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Rdio redesigns apps to emphasize Pandora-like ad-supported radio stations for free users  —  Rdio redesigns its service to emphasize radio and recommendations  —  Rdio, the best music-streaming service that (statistically) you're not using, is unveiling a smart redesign Thursday morning aimed at helping you discover new music faster.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
USPS to make early morning AmazonFresh drop-offs in San Francisco trial  —  U.S. Mail Delivers Amazon Groceries in San Francisco  —  USPS Is Aggressively Chasing Bigger Piece of E-Commerce Pie  —  Now the letter carrier will deliver groceries.  —  Amazon.com Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service …
More: ConsumeristThanks:@gregbensinger
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP  —  xAd, a mobile ad startup that specialises in serving media specific to a user's location, is today announcing $50 million in funding — significant not only for the size of the round, but also for the context around the money coming into its coffers.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Intellectual Ventures: Patent Troll Funds Startups, New Products  —  The dietary habits of Finland's populace went through a drastic change in 2011.  Thanks to the low-carb craze and a rising preference for all-natural products, Finns started eating butter with impunity.
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Will Reconsider Ruling on Cellphone Tracking  —  A federal appeals court will reconsider an earlier ruling in which a three-judge panel held that police need a warrant to obtain records from cellphone companies that show where a suspect has been.
Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
Uber competitor Gett undercuts rivals with $10 rides within Manhattan for the rest of 2014  —  Uber Who?  Gett Slashes All Manhattan Cab Prices to $10 Flat  —  Haven't heard of Gett?  That could change by the end of 2014.  When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates …

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