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September 5, 2014, 2:40 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:
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.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
The Moto X returns: high-end specs, aluminum frame and a custom 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:
Moto 360 review  —  Motorola's long-awaited smartwatch is finally ready for your wrist  —  I lost my phone this morning.  —  Normally that's impossible.  My phone is always either in my pocket or in my hands, because missing an email or a text or a killer snap is just entirely unfathomable.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Moto 360 is a great leap forward for Android smartwatches  —  The Moto 360 on its wireless charging stand.  —  Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica  —  Motorola is throwing its hat into the smartwatch ring with today's release of the Moto 360.  According to one Motorola executive …
More: ZDNet and Re/code
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.
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.
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
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.  They'd rather you call it a wireless earbud, or, in a brilliant slip of the tongue …
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 …
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 …
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: MacNN, iMore and App Advice
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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