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September 8, 2014, 2:50 PM

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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
iPhone and “iWatch” NFC payments to use tokenization technology, prefered by banks for its security benefits  —  Apple to Use NFC, Tokenization in Payments, Sources Say  —  Apple will be utilizing near field communication (NFC) technology and tokenization technology in the new iPhone 6 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
5.5-inch iPhone 6 may run landscape apps with more productive iPad-like interface  —  While the 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will seemingly function as a large version of the current iPhone interface, it appears that the larger model with a 5.5-inch display could run software …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile  —  After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product.  —  The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Amazon cuts Fire phone price to $0.99 in the US, opens Germany and UK pre-orders; will ship September 30  —  Amazon today announced it is cutting the Fire phone's price in the US to $0.99 with a two-year contract.  That's not too bad given that one year of Prime is still included in the package.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web  —  In an interview last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple would be beefing up iCloud security measures in response to the recent disclosure of compromised celebrity accounts.  Among the additional security features …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
The insane TiVo Mega costs $5,000, can record three years of TV, and looks like a rack server  —  Running out of room on your DVR sucks, no doubt.  Is it enough of a problem for you to throw $5,000 at it?  For most people, the answer is no, but in case it's a real issue you need to remedy …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts rolling out Delve, its ‘Flipboard for Office 365’  —  Summary: Microsoft is kicking off its multi-month staged rollout of Delve, a new Office 365 search and presentation application.  —  Starting Monday, Microsoft is beginning to roll out Office Delve …
Re/code:
Reddit raising over $50M for less than 10% of the company, at a valuation upwards of $500M  —  Reddit Raising a Big Round, and Some Y Combinator Players Are in the Mix  —  Reddit, the social news site with a big Web footprint, is raising a big funding round — with help from some of the people …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
As Jawbone Opens API for Up Health Tracker, It Is Also Seeking $100 Million in Additional Funding  —  San Francisco consumer electronics device maker Jawbone will announce this week that it will be opening up access to its Up app software that will allow it to be used on other smartphones, watches and wearables.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay payments unit Braintree will soon announce it's letting merchants accept Bitcoin  —  eBay Payments Unit Braintree to Let Merchants Accept Bitcoin  —  Braintree, the eBay subsidiary that runs a payment system used by popular mobile apps, plans to announce that its customers can start accepting bitcoin, according to two sources.
More: TechCrunch and CoinDesk
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Microsoft fully revamps its MSN portal, Bing mobile apps to be rebranded MSN too  —  Microsoft has fully overhauled its MSN portal to make it more deeply integrated with its other services.  Alongside this, it will also be introducing a rebrand of its Bing mobile apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Tool to kick Glass users off Wi-Fi becomes Cyborg Unplug, a $50-$85 anti-surveillance appliance  —  For Sale Soon: The World's First Google Glass Detector  —  Earlier this summer, Berlin-based artist and coder Julian Oliver released Glasshole.sh, a simple and free piece of software designed …
More: The VergeTweets: @devindigital
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Spotify To Let Free Users Get 30 Minutes Uninterrupted Listening In Return For Watching Video Ads  —  Spotify for Brands, the advertising side of the music streaming service (and one of the ways it generates revenue outside of paid subscriptions), is rolling out two new video ad units that will be seen by non-paying Spotify users.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo launches publishing tool Yahoo Recommends with personalized content and native advertising  —  Yahoo today launched Yahoo Recommends, a publishing tool that offers personalized content recommendations and native advertising.  The company believes it can help visitors discover …

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