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September 25, 2015, 4:05 PM

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David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
FTC has launched an inquiry into Google's Android business over antitrust concerns  —  Google Said to Be Under U.S. Antitrust Scrutiny Over Android  —  New FTC inquiry comes years after it closed search-engine case  —  Lingering skepticism meets probe over access to phone platform
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
GCHQ debuted a program called Karma Police seven years ago to track the browsing habits and communications of “every visible user on the Internet”  —  From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users' Online Identities  —  THERE WAS A SIMPLE AIM at the heart of the top-secret program …
iFixit:
iPhone 6s teardown reveals smaller 1715 mAh battery, 3D Touch display, x-ray view of Taptic Engine  —  iPhone 6s Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  In Progress  —  This guide is a work in progress.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
BlackBerry confirms “Priv” Android phone will launch at the end of 2015, posts weak Q2 earnings with loss of 13 cents per share  —  BlackBerry Confirms Android Plans, Posts Weaker-Than-Expected Earnings  —  BlackBerry on Friday confirmed its plans to launch an Android-based handset …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Verizon begins offering annual iPhone upgrade plan  —  Under the new arrangement, customers who buy one of Apple's newest smartphones on the monthly payment plan can get a newer iPhone model in a year.
Fortune:
Sources: Square to file for IPO in the next two weeks  —  Payments startup Square plans to file an S-1 document for its initial public offering within the next two weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.  —  The San Francisco-based company earlier this summer submitted …
Hannah Jane Parkinson / Guardian:
Twitter tests new poll feature allowing users to click one of two options and see results in limited roll out  —  Twitter introduces poll feature - but is it a) good or b) bad?  —  Twitter trials new functionality in native applications, allowing users to click one of two options and see results

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