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September 16, 2014, 10:55 PM

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
iPhone 6: a great upgrade for iPhone owners, and the best smartphone you can buy  —  iPhone 6 Review: It's a Winner  —  After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which go on sale Friday.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone  —  Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago.  With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple iOS 8 Review: A New Phone Without Buying One  —  The Updated Operating System Might Not Look Very Different, but Will Give an Older iPhone a New Lease on Life  —  Forget the iPhone 6, Apple's newest software upgrade brings big changes as well.  WSJ Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern dives …
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
SwiftKey, Swype and QuickType keyboards on iPhone 6 make typing easier, faster  —  New Keyboards Bring Faster, Easier Typing to the iPhone 6  —  Imagine a smartphone keyboard that was intelligent enough to predict what you were going to type next.  One that could save you from pecking letter …
Buster Hein / Cult of Mac:
Apple confirms iPhone 6 NFC chip is only for Apple Pay at launch  —  Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping the company's new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrated NFC tags into your favorite apps, however you won't be able …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Round two of Microsoft layoffs coming September 18: Sources  —  Summary: Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company with its second wave of cuts later this week.  —  Later this week, Microsoft will lay off another group …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to iPhone  —  Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Rackspace no longer exploring sale, names current president Taylor Rhodes CEO, falls 17% after hours  —  Rackspace No Longer for Sale, Names New CEO  —  Rackspace, the cloud computing player that has been for sale since May, ended that process today, saying it intends to remain independent.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Initial Apple Watch thoughts: gold version to start at $5K, stainless $1K; unclear how Apple and the market will deal with its technology growing old fast  —  Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations  —  Consider Vertu, the company that sells $6,000 Android phones (and which, back in the day, sold $6,000 Symbian phones).
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign  —  And the promise of lower heating and cooling bills  —  One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house.  It's not to brag so much as to explain …
Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston:
Product design startup GrabCAD acquired by Stratasys for $100 million  —  Computer-aided design (CAD) startup GrabCAD of Cambridge has been acquired by Stratasys (SSYS), a Minnesota-based 3D printer and 3D production systems maker.  Although terms of the deal were not disclosed …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Worker Detained for Giving Customers a Sneak Peek at iPhone 6  —  Apple's new iPhone 6 might not be available in mainland China any time soon.  But, according to local authorities, plenty of people there have already wrapped their hands around its contours.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft introduces “Universal Mobile Keyboard”, built for iOS, Android, and Windows; to be released this October for $79.95  —  Microsoft creates a keyboard for iOS and Android tablets  —  Microsoft has created a keyboard designed for iOS, Android, and Windows tablets.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Tony Fadell on the evolution of Nest, working with Jobs and Page, and integrating Google's culture  —  The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google's Newest Star Outsmart Apple?  —  Google is betting big on Nest CEO Tony Fadell, who helped invent the iPod and iPhone.  Here, a look inside his design revolution.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Misfit announces Flash, a plastic $50 wearable that tracks fitness and sleep  —  Misfit Wearables Launches The Flash, A More Affordable Fitness And Sleep Tracker  —  Misfit Wearables, which has sold roughly 600,000 metallic, quarter-sized activity trackers or Shines, has launched a more affordable fitness wearable called the Flash.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
YC's Sam Altman plus Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, Marissa Mayer, Marc Andreessen, and more to teach Stanford course on startups; lectures to appear online  —  Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, And Marissa Mayer Want To Teach You ‘How To Start A Startup’  —  Some of the most prominent investors …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches OneNote for Android Wear and Share extension for iOS 8, updates Office Lens for Windows Phone  —  Microsoft today made three major OneNote announcements.  The company launched OneNote for Android Wear and a Share extension for iOS 8, as well as updated Office Lens for Windows Phone.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Handybook Rebrands As Handy In An Effort To Become Amazon For Home Services  —  What's in a name?  As it turns out, a lot.  —  That's the thinking behind Handybook's decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.”  The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app …

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