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September 10, 2014, 11:55 PM

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Benjamin Clymer / HODINKEE:
A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)  —  I'm not even sure we can call it a watch.  Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the hand-assembled …
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Source: Apple Watch battery life is “about a day right now”, Apple trying to improve ahead of launch  —  Code/Red: Apple Watch Battery Life — “Charge Nightly”  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Internet Slowdown Day.  — Silicon Valley vanity searches of Vanity Fair's New Establishment list — congrats, bosses.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Watch locks when skin contact is broken as security precaution for mobile payments  —  Clever trick will safeguard Apple Watch from thieves … CUPERTINO, Calif. — One of the big questions about the Apple Watch is how Apple will prevent thieves from ripping it off your wrist and using it to clear your bank account.
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.  —  Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Apple seems unclear whether Watch is an iPhone accessory or valuable in its own  —  Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No  —  Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote.  His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length …
Benedict Evans:
Apple's new iPhones eliminate most of the reasons for buying high-end Android phones  —  iPhone 6 and Android value  —  The new iPhones were much the most predictable part of Apple's event - widely leaked and impelled by an irresistible logic - the customer is always right.
Ali Al-Qudsi / Geek on Gadgets:
Exclusive: Nokia, Windows Phone Brands to be Replaced By Microsoft, Windows  —  A confidential internal document we received has shed some light on the future of devices produced by Microsoft Mobile, formerly Nokia's devices and services division.  It's no secret that Microsoft are trying …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords published, Google says ‘no evidence’ its systems were compromised  —  Approximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews.  That's the bad news.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Facebook is testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance  —  Facebook is trialing a new feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance.  —  A handful of users noticed the feature in the Facebook iOS app earlier this week, and we reached out to Facebook to seek clarification.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls  —  For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company's VoIP calling solution, was on its way out.  Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
IDG closing Macworld magazine; Macworld.com website to continue; most editorial staff let go; IDG editorial director Jason Snell resigns  —  IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the editorial staff let go … International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple's New iCloud Storage Plans Go Live, Monthly Prices at $0.99 for 20GB, $19.99 for 1TB  —  After yesterday's media event, Apple updated its website to provide additional information on its iCloud pricing ahead of the launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
2-Hour Refund Window For Paid Apps And Games On The Play Store Is Officially Official  —  Around a month ago, we reported that Google had seemingly changed the refund window for paid apps and games on the Play Store to two hours.  We tested our theory extensively, and 2 hours was the figure we landed on repeatedly.
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
T-Mobile will start offering personalized router for Wi-Fi calling; all new phones will have ability to make Wi-Fi calls and texts out of the box  —  T-Mobile will give you a customized router for better Wi-Fi calling  —  After Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support in iOS 8 …
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Visa, MasterCard in talks with mobile wallet providers for “Cardholder Present” rate if they integrate biometric authentication  —  Visa, MasterCard in Talks with Mobile Wallets for ‘Cardholder Present’ Rate  —  With the arrival of Apple Pay yesterday, the mobile wallet industry has been reinvigorated.

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