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September 19, 2013, 4:55 PM

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Sam Grobart / Businessweek:
Apple Chiefs Discuss Strategy, Market Share—and the New iPhones  —  Apple's doomed.  —  This is what you hear and read.  Sure, it was a hell of a run—iPhone, iPad, all that—but it's about to end, and fast.  If you need any proof, just look at China: the world's largest smartphone market …
USA Today:
Jony Ive: The man behind Apple's magic curtain  —  The reclusive and prolific Jony Ive, the man behind the Apple iPod, meets with USA TODAY for a rare interview about Apple's once and future mission  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. - The man who designed the iPod ponders the question with furrowed brow.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iOS 7 Adoption Already As High As 35% In One Day, Apple And Developers Reap The Rewards  —  Apple's big iOS 7 update rolled out to devices yesterday, around 1 p.m. ET, and while many users encountered a lot of frustrating server errors trying to get it, the numbers show that a lot of people were successful in updating.
Ben Silbermann / Oh, How Pinteresting!:
Pinterest begins monetization; “experimenting” with “promoted pins” from select businesses  —  Planning for the future  —  Just over a year ago, my wife and I welcomed our son into the world.  Since his first day, I've been pinning fun things we can do together …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google makes Quickoffice for Android and iOS free for all, bringing Microsoft Office editing to the mobile masses  —  Google today announced it is making Quickoffice free for everyone.  That means Android and iOS users can edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go without paying a dime.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft now offers up to $350 in iPhone/iPad trade-in promotion, adds Android and BlackBerry devices  —  Microsoft ups the ante on its iPhone, iPad trade-in promotion  —  Summary: A new Microsoft Corporate Buyback promotion, seemingly open to anyone, allows users to get up to $350 to use …
Dann Berg / The Verge:
HP's new gesture-control laptop is the first with Leap Motion  —  Touchscreens are now fairly standard in Windows 8 notebooks, but HP's new Envy 17 Leap Motion SE has integrated yet another type of input: touchless.  The Envy has Leap Motion's gesture recognition technology built directly into the palmrest …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its New Flat Logo And “App Launcher” Style Nav Menu Official, Will Roll Out Over The Next Few Weeks  —  Google just got a refreshed flat logo and the black navigation bar is gone.  Earlier this morning, we reported that Google's new “App Launcher” style navigational menu was just weeks away from launch.
BBC:
Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85  —  Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman credited with transforming Nintendo into a world-leading video games company, has died aged 85.  —  Mr Yamauchi ran the firm for 53 years, and was its second-largest shareholder at the time of his death.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Google Wallet finally makes its iOS debut, sans NFC  —  Hey iPhone users, Google Wallet is here!  The payments app has finally arrived for iOS devices, bringing with it transfers to friends, loyalty card tracking and nearby offers.  Tap-to-pay is notably absent, as iOS devices don't support NFC …
Mahesh Sharma / TechCrunch:
Deliv Raises $6.85 Million To Bring Same-Day Delivery To A Store Near You  —  Investors have recently piled millions into same-day delivery startups such as New York's Zipments and San Francisco's PostMates, and now Palo Alto firm Deliv has become the latest beneficiary …
Keza MacDonald / IGN:
Sony Plans To Launch Gaikai PS3 Library in 2014  —  Sony will use the cloud technology to provide PS3 games to stream to PS4 and Vita.  —  In a roundtable interview at Tokyo Game Show today, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that Sony plans to launch Gaikai cloud services …
Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Add Data for Mobile TV Viewing  —  Firm Also Will Roll Out Service That Measures TV Tweets  —  Nielsen has long been a kingmaker in the TV industry.  Its ratings data, which tracks viewership of shows, determines how advertisers shell out some $66 billion annually.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Target matching Walmart's $79 iPhone 5c deal, preorders start today  —  While the iPhone 5c will begin selling in stores tomorrow starting at $99 on contract through most retailers, we've just learned that Target will be matching the $79 offer that Walmart recently announced for preorders of the iPhone 5c.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Plaid raises $2.8M to provide a simpler, uniform API to banking data  —  Plaid launches with $2.8M and an API for financial data  —  Plaid, a San Francisco startup that aims to make an API available for banks to share financial data with developers has launched with $2.8 million from Spark Capital …

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