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September 5, 2014, 11:05 AM

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Nicole Lee / Engadget:
The Moto X returns: high-end specs, aluminum frame and leather back  —  As a half dozen of my colleagues toil away in Berlin bringing you the latest news from the likes of Samsung and Sony, I'm more than 4,000 miles away in the city of Chicago.  Specifically, I'm in Motorola's headquarters …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Motorola Hint is a $149 Bluetooth earbud with smartphone voice control features, coming this fall  —  The Moto Hint is the future of the Bluetooth headset  —  Are we all about to start talking to our phones again?  —  Don't call the Motorola Hint a Bluetooth headset.  It makes everyone at Motorola wince.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
The New Moto G Offers A Bigger Screen And Removable Storage At $179.99 Unlocked  —  Along with a new flagship Moto X, Motorola is taking the wraps off its new Moto G today, and the new version of its affordable smartphone continues to be one of the best values in modern mobile devices.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
New, larger iPhones to offer one-handed mode for easier typing; iWatch circuit board is “tiny”  —  Apple Plans Smartwatch and Larger iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple wants to make a big splash, it returns to its history.  —  Thirty years ago at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Moto 360 review: understated elegance, first “real” smartwatch, but battery lasts less than a day  —  Moto 360 review  —  Motorola's long-awaited smartwatch is finally ready for your wrist  —  I lost my phone this morning.  —  Normally that's impossible.
Christina Warren / Mashable:
How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200  —  Over the course of the last few days, I've written a number of articles related to the celebrity photo thefts that surfaced Sunday.  Many of those posts have focused on how safe — or unsafe — various cloud service providers are.
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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 …
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
LG G Watch R will be available in retail stores Oct. 14 with a price tag higher than original $230 LG G Watch  —  LG Sets a Date for Its New Round-Faced Smartwatch  —  South Korea's LG Electronics on Thursday spilled out some more details on its coming G Watch R smartwatch …
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.
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.
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.
Stewart Rogers / VentureBeat:
Study: In social advertising, YouTube converts more customers than anyone else  —  When it comes to paid advertising on social platforms, YouTube is the clear winner in introducing new products and helping consumers make their purchasing decisions, according to a new study Aol Platforms released today.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Paypal introduces an SDK for its credit card reader, PayPal Here  —  PayPal Expands Further Into Offline Retail And Mobile Payments With New PayPal Here SDK  —  PayPal this morning is rolling out a new product designed to help its business move further into offline retail.
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.
Derek Walter / TechHive:
Hands-on: Tempo brings its super-smart calendaring to iPad  —  Tempo, a powerful calendar app for the iPhone, goes beyond just displaying events and dates, instead pulling together multiple calendars and contextual data to serve as a digital assistant.  It's a productivity powerhouse on the iPhone …
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 …
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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