September 12, 2013, 4:25 PM

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Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Apple Increases iPhone 5C and 5S Battery Sizes relative to iPhone 5  —  While poking through the FCC documents and piecing together a story on the network band situation for the iPhone 5S and 5C, I remembered that part of a normal disclosure is in fact battery size.
Danny Yadron / Digits:
Apple: New iPhone Not Storing Fingerprints, Doesn't Like Sweat  —  Apple's new iPhone 5S, which comes with a fingerprint scanner, won't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday, a decision that could ease concerns from privacy hawks.
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Like iPhone 5S, next Galaxy smartphone will be 64-bit, Samsung's mobile chief tells partners  —  Samsung to expand China business  —  A Samsung Electronics executive said Wednesday the firm will expand its smartphone business in China to better compete with Apple in the world's largest smartphone market.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft testing virtual personal assistant “Cortana”, likely to ship with Windows Phone 8.1  —  ‘Cortana’: More on Microsoft's next-generation personal assistant  —  Summary: Microsoft is working on its ‘Cortana’ rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now, which will be integrated into all flavors of Windows in the future.
Steve Kafka / Outlook Blog: now has IMAP  —  As we shared on Reddit, we're happy to announce the immediate availability of IMAP (and OAuth) for already supports the industry's best email connectivity with Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), which is available on the majority of smartphones and tablets …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone's M7 motion processor to integrate with Maps as Apple develops indoor mapping, public transit  —  Besides the main 64-bit A7 processor in the new iPhone 5s, Apple has included a dedicated motion co-processor called the M7.  The chip powers many of the sensor technologies in the iPhone …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Hugo Barra Talks About His Future at Xiaomi and Why He Really Left Google  —  Lauren Goode/ATD Hugo Barra shows me Xiaomi.  —  “First, let's begin with the name,” said Hugo Barra to me, in his first extended interview since he was named new head of global for Xiaomi a little over two weeks ago.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Walmart to sell iPhone 5C for $79, iPhone 5S for $189  —  The retail chain will also offer a trade-in deal for existing smartphone owners.  —  Consumers looking to pick up either of the two new iPhones can save a bit of cash via Walmart.  —  The company announced today that it will sell …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Jawbone raises more than $100 million  —  Electronics maker Jawbone raises new capital to handle excess demand.  —  FORTUNE — Electronics startup Jawbone seems to have everything going for it.  More than $200 million in venture capital funding.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Preview: Fall 2013 Windows Tablets from Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Nokia, Microsoft, & Toshiba  —  Fall 2013 Windows Tablet Preview  —  Microsoft and its hardware partners will unleash a new generation of Windows tablets for the 2013 holiday season, in a variety of price points, sizes, and form factors.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Dell Shareholders Approve $25 Billion Buyout to Go Private  —  Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake have prevailed in their 14-month-long effort to convince shareholders in the computing company Dell to take the company private in a leveraged buyout.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
CloudFlare CEO: ‘Insane’ NSA gag order is costing U.S. tech firms customers  —  We've now moved beyond mere talk about how the National Security Agency's surveillance programs may hurt U.S. cloud providers, says Matthew Prince, the chief executive of CloudFlare.  The companies are already feeling the pain.
More: GigaOM
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Big-Money Bet on YouTube, as Maker Raises $26 Million More  —  Can you build a really big business on the world's biggest video site?  —  That's a subject of much debate this year, as many of YouTube's biggest partners have complained that they're getting lots of views on the site, but not enough money.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Security of Java takes a dangerous turn for the worse, experts say  —  The security of Oracle's Java software framework, installed on some three billion devices worldwide, is taking a turn for the worse, thanks to an uptick in attacks targeting vulnerabilities that will never be patched …
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Mark Zuckerberg Has Some Advice for Twitter's IPO: Don't Be Afraid  —  Going public ain't easy.  And no tech company CEO of late knows that better than Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Perhaps Twitter, which is gearing up for its IPO to come early next year, could learn something from the social giant's experience: Don't be scared.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Gigabyte's tiny new gaming PC is smaller than an Xbox controller  —  It used to be difficult to find a computer that could play games and still fit underneath your TV.  Now, devices like the Alienware X51, Falcon Northwest Tiki, and Digital Storm Bolt can handily fill that role.
BlackBerry to Lobby Government Over Foreign-Takeover Rule  —  BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) is preparing to lobby the Canadian government over foreign-takeover issues amid investor concern that a domestic buyout of the struggling smartphone maker won't happen.  —  The company has registered to meet …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Reeder 2 for iOS leaps back into the RSS battle  —  When Google announced that it was killing off Google Reader, it essentially issued a death notice to apps that relied on its RSS backend.  In the absence of a contingency plan, top RSS app Reeder quickly updated its iPhone app to include support …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
FCC pics out an LG phone that looks like the Nexus 5  —  It's looking more and more like LG is building the Nexus 5 handset.  After an image in an official Google video for Android 4.4 showed off a new Nexus, the FCC has pictures of what appears to be the same handset.
DJ Pangburn / Motherboard:
Inside the Effort to Crowdfund NSA-Proof Email and Chat Services  —  Back in 1999, Seattle-based activists formed the communication collective  The site's email and chat services, among other tools, soon offered dissidents a means of encrypted communication essential to their work.
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