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August 13, 2015, 1:55 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 5 available August 21 with 5.7" quad HD display, 4GB RAM, 16MP camera, refined design and materials  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is official and will be available on August 21st  —  Samsung is officially taking the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 5 today, the latest in its flagship line of Note phablets.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Samsung announces slightly larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Edge+, with 5.7" display  —  Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge+ is bigger and smarter  —  Samsung released two phones in March that featured some radical shifts in design philosophy: the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung announces hardware keyboard that snaps onto the screen of Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+  —  Samsung resurrects the dream of a hardware keyboard  —  If there's one thing that's missed more than anything else in today's smartphones, it might be the hardware keyboard.
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+  —  Today, Samsung is announcing the next generation of their Galaxy-brand phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+.  Samsung's phablets have been one of their greatest smartphone success stories …
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:
Samsung's new phones offer new Periscope-like service using YouTube Live  —  Along with a couple of big-screened phones, Samsung today announced a set of services to go with them.  One of the new services is a Periscope-like live video service called Live Broadcast.
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 10 Support  —  Apple today released an update to Boot Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10, according to a new support document.  The update, Boot Camp 6, is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X. However, several MacRumors forum members …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung teases Gear S2 circular smartwatch to be unveiled on September 3  —  Here is the first look at Samsung's new Gear smartwatch, coming next month  —  Samsung's big news today was two big phones, but it has even more tech to come shortly: a new smartwatch that's going to be unveiled next month.
More: VentureBeat and CNET
Allison Pohle / Boston.com:
Facebook rescinded Harvard student's internship after he revealed privacy flaw, created Chrome extension to map people's locations when they used Messenger  —  Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws  —  Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna …
Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi announces new flagship Redmi Note 2: Octa-core and full HD for $124  —  Just days after releasing its last new phone, Xiaomi has announced yet another device with competitive specs at a very disruptive price point.  Xiaomi calls it ‘the new monster’ and for good reason.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Group commerce website Massdrop raises $40M Series B led by August Capital  —  Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M  —  Massdrop is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The company focuses on what it calls “community-driven commerce.”
More: VatorNews and PE Hub BlogThanks:@edonahue0331
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Tinder Founder Sean Rad Returns as CEO, Replacing Chris Payne  —  Sean Rad, the co-founder of Tinder, who was replaced as CEO in March, is returning to the job.  —  As part of the move, Chris Payne — the former eBay and Microsoft exec who was hired in March to give the company more experienced management — is leaving.
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Google's NASA relationship lets it test 100-mph, 55-lb Project Wing drones in US as high as 400 feet over private land  —  Google is testing drones in US airspace by piggybacking on Nasa exemption  —  Documents show the tech company has skirted regulations for private firms for a year …
More: 9to5Google and Gizmodo
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mojio Launches Apps And Services Marketplace For Its Connected Car Platform  —  Mojio, a connected car platform based around a small, Internet-connected device you plug into your car's OBD port, is launching an app and services store for its platform today.  The new Mojio Drive will feature 20 apps …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
One Google Stagefright patch made phones vulnerable to system crashes; second patch issued  —  Android's Stagefright bug will live on for longer than we thought  —  The patch process for Android's Stagefright vulnerability hasn't gone quite as smoothly as Google hoped.

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