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September 12, 2014, 3:25 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
iPhone 6 Plus sells out within hours, Apple reports “record number” of pre-orders for new iPhones, AT&T says demand is higher than past two years  —  Larger iPhone 6 Plus Sells Out, “Record Number” of iPhone Pre-orders  —  Yep, lots of people tried to order new iPhones as pre-sales began just after midnight on Friday.
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 …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Merchants equipped for Apple Pay likely to surge in US as October 2015 deadline for EMV support spurs point of sale system upgrades  —  The hidden brilliance behind the timing of Apple's adoption of NFC  —  There's a brilliance to the timing of Apple's adoption of near field communication (NFC) technology.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year  —  If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 9's new Start menu demonstrated on video  —  Microsoft may have demonstrated its new Start menu earlier this year, but thanks to a recent “Windows 9” leak we're now seeing every single part of the company's plans for bringing back this popular feature.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T plans to offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015  —  AT&T's Ralph de la Vega also said he expects customer turnover to remain low in the third quarter.  —  AT&T will embrace Wi-Fi calling in 2015.  —  That's according to Ralph De la Vega, CEO of the company's mobility and enterprise business.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple says new iOS 8 SMS Continuity feature won't arrive until October  —  Apple's website detailing Continuity features arriving with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in the coming weeks has been updated to announce SMS support won't arrive until October.  —  The feature, which allows users to send …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook is trying to lure YouTube's biggest content creators, discussing advertising  —  Facebook Tries to Muscle In on YouTube  —  Social Network Makes a Pitch to Lure Content Creators, Discusses How Ads Might Be Used  —  In what may be another signal that Facebook Inc. wants to take on YouTube …
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.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC working on GoPro-like waterproof camera, with smartphone connectivity over WiFi, Bluetooth  —  HTC Said to Develop Waterproof Camera to Challenge GoPro  —  HTC Corp. (2498) is developing its first camera, a waterproof model for extreme sports, as it diversifies beyond smartphones amid three years …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Donates $31M To Build VR Lab At His Alma Mater University Of Maryland  —  Brendan Iribe dropped out of University Of Maryland his freshman year to launch a startup before going on to form Oculus.  But now inspired by Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy and made rich …
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.

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