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September 5, 2014, 1:45 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Margaret Rhodes / Wired:
Dyson Releases the Eye, a Robot Vacuum With a 360-Degree Camera  —  After 16 years of tinkering and experimentation, Dyson is releasing its first robotic vacuum cleaner, the Dyson 360 Eye.  Though iRobot released Roomba, the first autonomous sucking machine, in 2002, Dyson has been content to lay back …
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 …
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 …
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple officially launches revamped iTunes Connect demoed during WWDC  —  Ahead of next week's iPhone 6 announcement, Apple has finally debuted the new design for its iTunes Connect web app that was initially shown off during the WWDC Platforms State of the Union.
More: iMore and App Advice
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.
Patrick Allan / Lifehacker:
Skype for iPhone can now host group audio calls  —  Skype on iOS Now Allows Group Audio Calls  —  iOS: Skype updated today, now allowing you to host group audio calls for up to four people with just a tap on your iPhone.  —  Head to an already existing group and just tap the big button on the bottom to host the group call.
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: Search Engine Land and GigaomTweets: @mappingbabel
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 …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis steps down, will lead new ‘Innovation Workshop’ at Stratasys  —  MakerBot president Jenny Lawton will step up to lead the five-year-old company, which was purchased by Stratasys last year.  —  Bre Pettis, CEO of the popular consumer 3D printer company MakerBot …

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