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September 12, 2014, 11:50 AM

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Apple Pay charged a lower transaction rate by banks than typical for credit card transactions, won't be accepted by Walmart and Best Buy  —  Banks Did It Apple's Way in Payments by Mobile  —  JPMorgan Chase's chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, took the stage at a financial conference …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
New iPhones now available for pre-order hours after Apple's online store had major problems coping with demand  —  iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Now Available for Pre-Order  —  Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different countries around the world …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
About 1000 New York Uber drivers plan to strike on Monday over fares and working conditions  —  Uber Drivers “Strike” — And Switch To Lyft — Over Fares And Conditions  —  Testing the labor market.  “Uber is not doing anything — it's only an application on our phones.”  —  Facebook: uberdriversnetwork
More: TechnoBuffaloTweets: @dhh and @laurahazardowen
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Court documents show US threatened Yahoo with $250K/day fine in 2008 if it refused to participate in NSA's PRISM program  —  U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data  —  The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
California Regulator Says Commercial Carpooling — Like What Uber and Lyft Are Doing — Isn't Legal  —  The California Public Utilities Commission is apparently not a fan of the new trend in mobile-enabled ride-sharing: helping two or more people with similar origins and destinations share a car across town.
More: PandoDaily and CNETTweets: @kostasrossoglou
New York Times:
Alibaba to Close Order Books Early and May Lift Price of I.P.O.  —  Demand for shares in the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, was long expected to be strong.  But the orders have come in so quickly that the company's banks expect to close their order books early.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose's New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours  —  Digg, Milk, and Revision3 founder Kevin Rose recently left Google Ventures to start a new mobile development house called North, and now we have some details on the firm's first app, Tiiny, which will launch soon.
Tweets: @samfbiddle and @soffes
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Review: In its second generation, the Moto X becomes a true flagship  —  The new Moto X is a worthy successor to the original.  —  At the end of last year's Moto X review, we concluded that it wasn't a perfect phone.  Still, we wanted to see where Motorola would be in a year, and …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Mexican companies sue Yahoo, law firm, allege conspiracy to avoid $2.7 billion judgment  —  (Reuters) - Two Mexican companies have sued Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) and law firm Baker & McKenzie in New York federal court, accusing them of engineering a conspiracy to avoid a $2.7 billion judgment issued by a Mexican court in 2012.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Preview: Transmit Coming to iOS 8 with Share Extension, Touch ID, Document Provider, and More  —  Panic's popular file management app for OS X, Transmit, is coming to iOS 8 as a full-featured adaptation for the iPhone and iPad.  Built for iOS 8, Transmit will take advantage of new technologies …
More: MacRumors
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming  —  Since its creation, Code.org's mission has been to get coding into curriculums for students as schools nationwide.  Today, the nonprofit group is launching Code Studio, a combined set of tools and curriculum …
Clayton Jones / Official Google for Work Blog:
Google announces iOS Sync for Google Apps users for increased security on iPhones and iPads  —  Increasing security and productivity for iOS devices  —  Marvel and DC Comics, Star Wars and Star Trek, Emacs and VI—we all have our favorites.  And then there's iOS and Android, each with dedicated fans.
More: ZDNet
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Hands On with USB Type C: Reversible USB Connectors  —  Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables.  We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB spec, the USB Type C cable and USB 3.1 spec are designed with the future in mind.
Tweets: @fmanjoo and @hdmoore
Max Eulenstein / Facebook:
Facebook will now show better News Feed ads using data users report on why they hid ads  —  News Feed FYI: Listening to People's Feedback to Show Better Ads  —  Every day, there are millions of ads that are eligible to be shown in News Feed from more than 1.5 million active advertisers on Facebook …

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