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September 23, 2014, 6:40 PM

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones in Pockets  —  As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Martin / PC Advisor:
Samsung exits laptop market in Europe “for now” after decline in PC market  —  Exclusive: Samsung exits laptop market including Chromebooks  —  Following in the path of Sony and its Vaio PCs, Samsung has decided to exit the laptop market stopping sales of Ativ Windows …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450 4-core GPU, enhanced Cyclone CPU cores, 4MB L3 Cache  —  Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More  —  One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple's annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple's newest SoC.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
iPhone 6 costs an estimated $200 to $247 in parts and labor to build, 6 Plus $216 to $263; profit margins 69-70%; Samsung supplies 40% of A8 chips  —  Teardown Shows Apple's iPhone 6 Cost at Least $200 to Build  —  Apple spends $200 to $247 in parts and labor to build an iPhone 6 …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Former Apple retail chief and ex-J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson to launch on-demand delivery service for gadgets  —  Former Apple Exec, J.C. Penney CEO to Launch Delivery Startup  —  The godfather of Apple's retail stores is trying to reinvent shopping again, this time by getting rid of stores.
Steven Levy / Medium:
Lotus Notes inventor and ex-Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie wants to make phone calls more like collaborative documents with Talko  —  Brave New Phone Call  —  Ray Ozzie's new app Talko hopes to give people their voices back  —  I. … It's not an abstract subject for the 58-year entrepreneur.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Philip Kollar / Polygon:
Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years  —  Blizzard has officially canceled development on its mysterious next-generation massively multiplayer game Titan.  The company confirmed the news to Polygon in a recent interview.  —  This revelation comes after at least seven years …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FTC sues Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs, alleging fraudulent and deceptive practices  —  Feds say Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs ran “systematic deception” [Updated]  —  Sonny Vleisides (right), is Butterfly Labs' co-founder and largest shareholder.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google X Founder Sebastian Thrun Has Left His Role As Google VP And Fellow  —  Sebastian Thrun has left the building — the Google X building, that is.  The founder of search giant Google's factory to develop and build “moonshot” technologies, who launched the company's driverless car project …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Radius Raises $54.7 Million to Improve Sales Leads Using Big Data … Marketing automation software, which delivers sales prospects to customers, has generated some big companies-last year, Marketo Inc. went public and has a market cap of $1.26 billion, and HubSpot Inc. filed in August to raise up to $100 million in an IPO.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
PayPal integrates Bitcoin processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin for merchants in the US and Canada  —  PayPal today announced partnerships with three leading Bitcoin payment processors: BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin.  The eBay-owned company wants to help digital goods merchants accept Bitcoin payments …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Home Depot's former security architect was convicted of sabotaging his ex-employer's network  —  Home Depot's former security architect had history of techno-sabotage  —  “We sell hammers” was the justification Home Depot managers gave for cheaping out on security to IT employees.  —  WestportWiki
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Currents For iOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign  —  Google Currents, Google's magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you're interested in …
Cromwell Schubarth / bizjournals:
Aussie startup Invoice2Go raises $35M led by Accel, moves to Palo Alto  —  Aussie startup moves to Palo Alto, hires ex-eHarmony CEO and raises $35M  —  Australian mobile B2B startup Invoice2Go's first venture round is a big one, in more ways than one.  —  The 10-year-old Sydney company founded …

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