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September 4, 2013, 11:40 AM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
New version of Apple TV likely on its way for a September 10 launch  —  Apple is planning a big event on September 10, 2013, and there has been a lot of speculation on what could be on the menu.  While the exact lineup of products is subject of debate, almost everyone agrees that newer models …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Apple ups focus on China with separate iPhone media event in Beijing on September 11  —  We reported yesterday that Apple has sent out invites for an event on September 10 at its Cupertino headquarters, widely believed to be for the launch of its next iPhone handsets.
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Xbox One to launch in major markets on 22 November  —  Microsoft positions the arrival of its next-gen console between the US and European launch dates for Sony's PS4  —  This is it: the battle for the next generation console market is on.  Microsoft has finally revealed the launch date …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Xbox One now in full production with improved CPU performance  —  So far, so good for the Xbox One.  —  Xbox chief marketing officer Yusef Mehdi just spoke at the Citi Global Technology Conference and said Microsoft is now in full production for the Xbox One and producing in mass with plans still on for a November 2013 launch.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Raced to $7.2 Billion Deal With Soul-Searching Nokia  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s agreement to buy Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)'s handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon.  —  Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google confirms it's working on an update to fix Google Authenticator for iOS data losses  —  Google Authenticator, an app that generates two-factor authentication codes for services that offer the additional security layer, is coming under fire from users who claim that the latest update …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google Glass App Store Coming In 2014  —  Google Glass users and developers will have to wait until next year for Google to launch a dedicated app store for the device.  —  A Google spokesperson confirmed that plan for us today, after it was reported over the weekend in a lengthy first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
Google apparently slips unannounced Nexus phone in its KitKat video  —  Earlier today, Google announced its upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat software update.  In tandem with the announcement, Google posted a video that showcases the unveiling of the KitKat statue at the company's headquarters.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Joe Miller / BBC:
Jonathon Fletcher: forgotten father of the search engine  —  Until researchers tracked him down a few years ago, Jonathon Fletcher was not aware he had built the first modern search engine  —  As Google celebrates its 15th birthday, the web giant has become a byword for information retrieval.
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @amonck and @whatthebit
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio  —  Only just after it leaked out, the folks at HDMI Licensing are announcing HDMI 2.0 officially.  Arriving just in time for the wide rollout of a new generation of Ultra HDTVs, it adds a few key capabilities to the connection standard.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony's QX Smart Lens attaches an entire camera to your smartphone  —  Gives a whole new meaning to the idea of interchangeable lenses  —  The rumor that once seemed too wild to be true has just become an official reality with Sony's announcement of the new QX Smart Lens series of smartphone accessories.
Max Chafkin / Co.Design:
An Oral History Of Apple Design: 1992  —  “This is our signature,” Apple's gauzy television ads proclaim, referring to the familiar words that the company stamps on the undersides of its products: designed by apple in California.  The ads fall in the grand Apple tradition—beginning with the …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @cleartrip
Bloomberg:
Sony Eyes Sensors in Wearable Computers to Gesture TVs  —  Sony Corp. (6758) is considering applying its image sensors to wearable computers and hand-gesture TVs for growth as it expects smartphone revenue to peak around 2015.  —  The company plans to seek growth in developing the chips …
More: I4U News
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
SwiftKey raises £11.2m for expansion  —  UK-based developer adds Index Ventures as investor after ‘five-times revenue growth’ in last year  —  SwiftKey, a British developer of keyboard replacement apps, has raised $17.5m (£11.2m) in a funding round led by venture capital firm Index Ventures.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Mobile Security Firm Lookout Partners With Samsung, Plans to Attack Corporate Market Later This Year  —  After spending its first two years trying to keep consumer phones secure, Lookout is taking aim at the corporate market.  —  The San Francisco startup, which focuses on securing mobile devices …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony's SmartWatch 2 is better than the first one, but still far too expensive  —  First announced in June and now ready for its retail release, Sony's SmartWatch 2 continues an unfortunate trend in smartwatches: the materials and design are getting fancier, but the watches aren't becoming any smarter.

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