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September 2, 2015, 9:30 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
New Apple TV to feature universal search, enabling users to search movies, actor and directors across multiple streaming video services; prices start at $149  —  New Apple TV Will Feature Universal Search, Start At $149  —  One of Apple TV's most-desired features finally makes its way to the diminutive set-top box.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV 4 hardware revealed: A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K  —  The fourth-generation Apple TV, set to be unveiled at an event on September 9th and released in October, will feature a mix of new and familiar hardware, according to reliable sources.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPad Pro and refreshed iPad mini may debut at Apple's September 9 event; iPad Pro expected to ship November  —  iPad Pro planned for Sept. 9 debut with iPad mini 4; October pre-orders, November launch  —  Apple's September 9th event is set to be one of the company's largest events in history …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sources: Google will unveil LG and Huawei Nexus smartphones in San Francisco on September 29  —  Google will hold Nexus event Sept. 29 in San Francisco  —  The search giant will introduce two smartphones at the event, one made by LG and the other by Huawei.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
New Moto 360s: men's 46mm and 42mm, women's 42mm with narrower strap mounts, priced at $299.99- $429.99; sport version later this year, others shipping in weeks  —  Motorola's new Moto 360 watches are sleeker, smarter, and more customizable than ever  —  Last year, Motorola released …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple News app to include more than 50 publishers when it launches this fall  —  Apple Adds More Publishers for Its News App, Which Will Launch Soon  —  One thing you won't hear much about at Apple's media event next week: Its News app, a newsreader that will work something like Flipboard …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Hulu launches commercial-free option for $12 per month  —  Hulu Starts a Commercial-Free Option to Rival Netflix and Amazon  —  Hulu announced Wednesday that it was starting a commercial-free version of its streaming service, costing $12 a month, in its latest effort to enhance its offerings …
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:
Sony introduces Z5 Premium with 5.5" display, Z5 with 5.2" display, and Z5 Compact with 4.7" display, all have fingerprint sensors on side and Snapdragon 810  —  Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone  —  To say that Sony's mobile division has had a tough time lately would be an understatement.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Xiaomi considers launching a laptop, held talks with Samsung for memory chips, may go on sale in Q1 2016  —  Xiaomi Considers Introducing Laptop to Compete With Apple  —  Xiaomi Corp. is considering the introduction of its first laptop early next year, people with direct knowledge …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google updates Docs with integrated search on Android, dictation, and advanced change tracking  —  Google's productivity suite just got a big update timed to students' return to school.  Changes across Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Google's Classroom product for teachers focus on making common tasks effortless …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Introduces Uncomplicated Pay-As-You-Go Model For Its Maps API  —  The Google Maps API has been a mess when it comes to pricing.  The company is making moves to clean that up with a newly announced pay-as-you-go model.  —  Here's what the team said today about it:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Expands Dash Buttons To More Brands, Effectively Makes The Buttons Free  —  Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons program, as well as incentives to encourage more Amazon Prime members to bring these new hardware devices into their home.
Chris Kerr / Gamasutra:
FTC settles with gaming network Machinima for paid, undisclosed Xbox One endorsements  —  YouTuber network Machinima settles with feds over deceptive advertising  —  YouTube powerhouse Machinima has settled charges made by the Federal Trade Commission that alleged the content creator had …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Images of demo site for Comcast's online video service Watchable show an emphasis on editor-driven curation and featured playlists  —  A Sneak Peek At Watchable, Comcast's Online Video Service (Exclusive)  —  The cat is out of the bag for Watchable, the online video service that Comcast …
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