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September 23, 2015, 3:10 PM

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Michael Crider / Android Police:
Leaked Images Of The New Nexus Phone Retail Boxes Confirm ‘Nexus 5X’ And ‘Nexus 6P’ Model Names  —  It's a little less than a week until Google reveals its new Nexus devices in San Francisco, but as seems to happen every year, we know pretty much every detail beforehand.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Pebble debuts Pebble Time Round, its first round smartwatch, with slim 7.5mm design, arriving in November for $249, available to preorder today  —  Pebble introduces its first round smartwatch  —  Take a look around at the watches on people's wrists.  It doesn't take long to notice a trend: the vast majority of them are round.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
OPM now reports 5.6M federal employees' fingerprints stolen in breach, up from 1.1M  —  OPM Now Admits 5.6m Feds' Fingerprints Were Stolen By Hackers  —  When hackers steal your password, you change it.  When hackers steal your fingerprints, they've got an unchangeable credential that lets them spoof your identity for life.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook works with Oculus to roll out 360-degree videos in News Feed, launching today with six partners including Star Wars, Vice, and SNL  —  Facebook brings 360-degree video to the News Feed with help from Oculus  —  For the first time, Facebook has collaborated with its Oculus division …
David Pierce / Wired:
Keyboard apps are becoming more capable by adding new functionality, like search, emoji, and more  —  Super-Smart Apps Are Invading Our Keyboards  —  The origin story of the QWERTY keyboard layout is a very particular, very nerdy sort of mythology.  There was a guy with a typewriter patent in the 1800s …
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:
Uber looks to expand its $1.2B round for its China unit to as much as $2.5B  —  Uber's China unit seeks up to $2.5bn  —  Uber is looking to raise as much as $2.5bn for its China unit, doubling the amount the company has already raised for its cash-burning operations in the world's most populous country.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On iPhone 6s and the importance of Apple's tick-tock release cycle: new-number phones demonstrate design focus, and S models are for perfecting engineering  —  The iPhones 6S  —  The pattern is pretty clear.  In even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) Apple releases all-new iPhone form factors: 3G, 4, 5, 6/6 Plus.
Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
Samsung unveils 950 Pro SSD with V-NAND and NVMe, coming October and priced at $200 for 256GB, $350 for 512GB  —  Samsung's 950 Pro M.2 SSD pairs NVMe with V-NAND for eye-popping performance  —  Consumer-ready drive hits sequential reads of 2500MB/s and writes of 1500MB/s.

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