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September 26, 2014, 9:10 AM

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
A behind-the-scenes look at Apple's iPhone testing facilities  —  Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6  —  A few blocks away from Apple's bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building.  Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you'd want to be if you were an iPhone.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple: Bending in iPhone 6 Plus From Normal Use ‘Extremely Rare’, Only 9 Customers Have Complained  —  Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fixes to cellular, touch ID issues; says only 40K iPhone 6/6+ devices affected by 8.0.1 bugs  —  Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix for Cellular Issues, Broken Touch ID  —  Apple has just released iOS 8..2, its second update to iOS 8 designed to fix major issues introduced …
Bloomberg:
Manager in charge of iOS testing was in charge of testing Maps during 2012 debacle; a look inside the team's procedures  —  Apple's IPhone Software Snafu Has Links to Flawed Maps  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s release of a software update that cut off people's ability to make calls from their iPhones …
The Huffington Post:
FBI discussed marketing of device encryption settings with Google and Apple; director says he's “very concerned”  —  FBI Director James Comey ‘Very Concerned’ About New Apple, Google Privacy Features  —  WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was …
CNBC:
BlackBerry reports smaller than expected loss of $207M in Q2, revenue fell 42% to $916M below expectations  —  BlackBerry posts narrower quarterly loss; shares rise  —  BlackBerry reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday in an early sign that its drawn-out turnaround efforts might be working.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
BlackBerry CEO: 200,000 Passports ordered since launch  —  The device is already sold out on its own website and Amazon.  —  The BlackBerry Passport is off to a decent start.  —  The unusually shaped smartphone garnered 200,000 orders since its launch on Wednesday, according to CEO John Chen.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple: OS X safe from Bash exploit unless users configured advanced Unix services, fix coming  —  Apple comments on ‘Shellshock’ exploit, working quickly to provide OS X software update  —  0Apple is aware of the recently discovered bash exploit, nicknamed Shellshock …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Dear News Corp & Google: An Open Letter On Their Open Letters To Each Other Over Competition  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter to the European Union outlining competition concerns it has about Google.  This week, Google has fired back with its own open letter addressed to Murdoch.
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Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
Social network Ello, which unlike Facebook does not enforce real names, sees rapid growth amid interest from LGBT community  —  Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens  —  “You are not a product,” its manifesto declares.  It decries social networks that track and record …
Andy Baio / ello.co:
San Francisco Chronicle:
LA and SF district attorneys threaten Uber and Lyft with new legal action, say they're operating illegally  —  S.F., L.A. threaten Uber, Lyft, Sidecar with legal action  —  A black SUV bearing the distinctive “U” logo of the Uber ride-sharing service takes the transit lane on Geary Street …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Facebook Is Partnering With Stripe to Power “Buy” Button  —  Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned.  —  The “Buy” button, which allows Facebook users to purchase goods …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Lets You #Selfielapse By Adding Front-Facing Camera Option To Hyperlapse  —  Instagram's first update to its timelapse app Hyperlapse will let you create mini-travelogues of your face hurtling through the world.  Hyperlapse now lets you capture timelapses with the front-facing camera …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Goodreads updates its iOS app with new home feed, streamlined navigation and improved shelving  —  Amazon's Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover  —  Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March.

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