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September 19, 2014, 4:55 PM

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iFixit:
iPhone 6 Teardown  —  Double the iPhone, double the teardown!  With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7", it's still a giant among iPhones.  What was so big that Apple couldn't fit it into the familiar form factor?
iFixit:
iPhone 6 Plus teardown: 1GB RAM confirmed, has nearly double the battery capacity of the 5s  —  iPhone 6 Plus Teardown  —  Over the years, we've seen the iPhone evolve—and grow.  It began as just the iPhone.  Soon it learned how to 3G, it gained an S (it would lose and gain this every other year) …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Use 20-Nanometer A8 Processor From TSMC  —  Apple's 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit).  Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Alibaba hits $228.5B market cap, passing Facebook, and trailing only Apple, Google, and Microsoft among public US tech companies  —  Alibaba Passes Facebook in Market Value on First Trade  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. surpassed Facebook Inc. (FB) by market capitalization on its first trade …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans  —  Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time.  The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6 launch as Angela Ahrendts welcomes Sydney  —  Apple's leadership is out in full force today for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch across the globe.  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted at the company's local Apple Store in Palo Alto …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud Drive before Macs can  —  iCloud Drive is now available on Windows, but not OS X.  —  Apple officially released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables the “old” way of iCloud syncing …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Patent troll gives up, can't defend “matchmaking” patent under new law  —  A patent troll called Lumen View Technology got stopped in its tracks last year after it sued Santa Barbara-based startup FindTheBest, then asked the company for a quick $50,000 settlement.
eMarketer:
Facebook's US Ad Revenues Outpace Users' Average Daily Time Spent on the Site  —  Facebook bucks trend of digital ad dollars lagging time spent with digital media  —  US adults will spend an average of 21 minutes each day on Facebook in 2014, according to new figures from eMarketer …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Google, Dropbox, and others launch open source security organization Simply Secure  —  New Initiative Simply Secure Aims to Make Security Tools Easier to Use  —  The dramatic revelations of large-scale government surveillance and deep penetration of the Internet by intelligence services …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. judge awards $40.7 million in SEC case over bitcoin Ponzi scheme  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in Texas ordered Bitcoin Savings and Trust and its owner to pay a combined $40.7 million after the Securities and Exchange Commission established that the company, which sold investments using …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ahead Of New FTC Rules, Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects  —  Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver.
Catherine Mayer / TIME:
Bono says U2 and Apple working on new digital music format  —  Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You  —  The four members of the legendary Irish band tell TIME about another new album in the works—and its secret Apple project that might just save the music industry
Bloomberg:
Gold IPhones at $3,600 as China Delay Fuels Black Market  —  Liu Min stands a few feet from an Apple Inc. (AAPL) store in Beijing hawking something that can't be bought inside: the new iPhone 6.  —  While the device debuted today in the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan and Australia …
Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette:
France's new anti-Uber law gives Taxis an unfair advantage  —  Yesterday evening, the France's National Assembly voted definitively in favor of the pro-taxi “Thévenoud law,” which imposed a certain number of restrictions and regulations on both Taxis and VTC (licensed professional drivers …
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Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Nvidia unveils new flagship GeForce GTX 980 and 970 desktop GPUs based on Maxwell architecture  —  NVIDIA's latest GPU crams 4K images on 1080p displays  —  Back in February, NVIDIA trotted out the very first desktop GPUs to feature its new Maxwell architecture: the GeForce GTX 750 and 750i.
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Finally: Meta begins shipping its augmented reality glasses to developers  —  The developer kit edition of Meta's glasses has come a long way since last December.  But it's clear that augmented reality is still in its infancy.  —  It's a common story: Post your product on Kickstarter …
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Bing Image Search Updates Include Touch Friendly Result Pages That Adapt To Screen Size & Resolution  —  Over the next few weeks, Bing is rolling out new updates to its image search experience that include touch-friendly search result pages that have been designed to adapt to a user's screen size and resolution.

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