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September 23, 2015, 11:05 PM

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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.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
E-book sales fell 10% in first five months of 2015, while print books and bookstores are showing resilience  —  The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead  —  Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:
Microsoft partners with Baidu to create local Windows 10 experience in China; Baidu will be homepage and provide search in Microsoft Edge  —  Windows 10 in China  —  China is a global epicenter for innovation and as we shared back in March at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in Shenzhen …
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 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Moto 360 second gen review: compact design, improved speed, and better battery life than Moto 360, but inaccurate heart monitor and little new technology  —  The second generation Moto 360—a beautiful, compact design without much new tech  —  Review: It doesn't move the needle much, but design is what really matters in wearables.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Kleiner Perkins absorbs legal fees after Ellen Pao drops gender discrimination suit, keeping to earlier pledge  —  Ellen Pao won't have to pay Kleiner Perkins after all  —  Earlier this month, Ellen Pao said that she would drop her appeal of a jury verdict that denied her claims …
NBC Bay Area:
Uber purchases former Sears building Uptown Station in Oakland, plans to use top 6 floors to house 2-3K employees, move in during 2017  —  Uber Purchases Oakland's Former Sears Building, Plans Major HQ Expansion  —  Ride-booking service Uber Technologies has purchased the former Sears building …
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 …

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