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September 5, 2014, 12:15 AM

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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.
AppleInsider:
Next-gen iPad Air with Touch ID, new gold color option may also debut at Apple's Sept. 9 event  —  At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called “iWatch,” the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor …
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.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Tim Cook says Apple will send alerts when users add devices or change passwords, and broaden its use of two-factor authentication  —  Tim Cook Says Apple to Add Security Alerts for iCloud Users  —  Apple Will Alert Users Via Email and Push Notifications  —  Apple Inc. said it plans additional steps …
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.
Jonathan / Web Policy:
Coursera privacy vulnerabilities found by Stanford law prof; database of 9M users downloadable, all class enrollments visible to all 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.
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 …
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.
More: Gigaom and Search Engine LandTweets: @mappingbabel
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.
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.
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 …
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Sweden-based bitcoin mining company KnCMiner announces $14M series A  —  KnCMiner Announces $14 Million Series A Funding Round  —  Bitcoin mining company KnCMiner has announced $14m in Series A funding.  —  The company said in a statement that GP Bullhound, a technology-focused investment bank …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App  —  I can't quite put my finger on why I keep using this new app called Steven - yes, Steven, like a boy's name - but I do.  The app itself is sort of silly - it offers you a way to log your activities and location using emoji …

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