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September 11, 2014, 11:25 AM

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New York Times:
Release of iPhone 6 Delayed in China  —  BEIJING — Apple is facing a potential setback in China, one of its biggest and fastest-growing markets, after the much-anticipated introductions here of the new iPhone models were delayed.  —  On Wednesday, Apple told China's three big state-owned …
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple revamps purchasing process at retail stores with digital queueing system Reservation Pass, that syncs inventory and sends texts  —  Apple aims to make buying an iPhone 6 easier at its stores with new digital queue system  —  Apple has its product launches down to a science.
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.
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Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: notable differences include the display, camera, battery life  —  Big vs. bigger: Which iPhone 6 deserves a place in your pocket? … For the second consecutive year, Apple has delivered not one but two new iPhones.  Unlike the iPhone 5c, however …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New U2 album gets pushed to iTunes users by default, may appear on your iPhone automatically  —  U2's new album is showing up on your iPhone whether you want it or not  —  U2's new Songs of Innocence.  —  U2  —  I'm not here to tell you what music you should be listening to …
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 …
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.
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
How the SuperVision algorithm, developed in 2012, marked the turning point in image recognition when machines surpassed humans  —  The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever  —  Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Western Digital unveils world's first 10TB hard drive: Helium-filled, shingled recording  —  In what can only be described as the hard drive equivalent of Game of Thrones, Western Digital's HGST has announced the world's first 10-terabyte hard drive: the helium-filled Ultrastar He10.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option  —  LaCie today updated its d2 desktop storage hard drives, adding an aluminum unibody, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an optional SSD upgrade.  Designed to be a companion device to the Mac Pro, the d2 is aimed at audio/video/photography professionals.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another $13.5M Led By GGV Capital  —  FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion.
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support  —  Yesterday was a huge — huge! — day for Apple, as it unveiled new and bigger phones, its first smartwatch, and a new wireless, NFC-based payments system: Apple Pay.  —  Apple announced a long list of financial …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
CartoDB takes $8M in funding to build platform for “thousands” of niche mapping apps  —  The Spanish firm is also relocating its headquarters to New York, nearer to most of its client base — though it insists it will still be a European company.  —  Interactive map maker CartoDB …
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 …
Jason Verge / Data Center Knowledge:
365 Data Centers Raises $16M Series B, Closes $55M Credit Facility  —  365 Data Centers has raised $16 million in a Series B funding round and secured a $55 million credit facility.  The announcement comes on the heels of adding a new management team and changing corporate identity.
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Alexander Howard / E Pluribus Unum:
“Internet Slowdown Day” sends over 111,000* new comments on net neutrality to FCC  —  Today, dozens of websites “slowed down” for a cause, collectively advocating against Open Internet rules proposed by the Federal Communication.  None of the participants in today's “Internet Slowdown Day” …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
NVIDIA hints at an HTC Nexus 9 tablet coming within weeks  —  Remember those hints of HTC returning to tablets?  Yeah, the cat's out of the bag.  As part of its patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has revealed that it expects a Tegra K1-powered “HTC Nexus 9” sometime within the third calendar quarter of the year.

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