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September 24, 2013, 2:20 PM

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George Chen / South China Morning Post:
EXCLUSIVE: China to lift ban on Facebook - but only within Shanghai free-trade zone  —  Beijing has made the landmark decision to lift a ban on internet access within the Shanghai Free-trade Zone to foreign websites considered politically sensitive by the Chinese government, including Facebook …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Teardown Shows iPhone 5S Costs at Least $199 to Build, $173 for the 5C  —  New iPhones always gladden the hearts of the analysts at the research firm IHS, because it means it's time to tear the phones apart.  —  This year's iPhone teardown project was twice as much fun …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Full Remote Device Lockdown Is Now Live In The Android Device Manager, Instantly Overrides Previous Lock Settings With Specified Password  —  In our recent APK/website teardown, we unearthed Android's upcoming remote device lock functionality through Google Play Services, and now it has quietly gone live in the Android Device Manager.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Purported iOS 7 bug logs users out of popular apps like Mailbox and Snapchat  —  An apparent bug in Apple's iOS 7 software is repeatedly logging users out of several apps like Mailbox, Snapchat, and Loom.  The Verge has confirmed the issue directly with a few of the affected companies.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What Does Prem Watsa See in BlackBerry?  —  © University of Waterloo, Graphics, Photo/Imaging  —  With the announcement of its proposed $4.7 billion takeover bid, Fairfax Financial Holdings and its chairman, Prem Watsa, answered the long-running question, “Who would ever buy BlackBerry?”
CNBC:
Twitter IPO home still in flux, no decision on NYSE: Sources  —  Not so fast, New York Stock Exchange.  —  Despite a report that Twitter had chosen to list its initial public offering on the NYSE, sources tell CNBC that Twitter is only leaning toward the Big Board, and that no final decision has yet been made.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches faster iMacs with 802.11ac WiFi, Pro graphics, improved Flash  —  Apple has launched an updated line of iMacs with faster processors, improved graphics, faster 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, and improved Flash storage.  The new iMacs are now available from Apple's online store.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Following criticism & lawsuit, Apple refunding Breaking Bad iTunes Season Passes  —  In August, we noted that iTunes was offering Season Passes of the popular show Breaking Bad in a split-up format.  For Season 5 of the show, the first eight episodes was under one iTunes purchase …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 now available for pre-order  —  As Microsoft announced at its launch event yesterday, the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are now available for pre-order, with shipments expected for October 21st.  The Surface 2 starts at $449 for the 32GB model, while the 64GB version is $549.
Kristin Burnham / InformationWeek:
Yahoo Recycled Emails: Users Find Security Surprises  —  Some Yahoo users who took advantage of recycled IDs report they're getting emails intended for the old account holders — including personal data.  —  Start The  —  When Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
After botched debut, new Apple TV update is back with fixes  —  After releasing a buggy version of new Apple TV software last week (and subsequently removing it from download) Apple has issued a new version of the update to Apple TV users.  The new version is labeled Apple TV Software 6.0, and it comes in at build number 11A502.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Adobe Unveils Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12 for Mac  —  Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop and Premiere Elements, its lower-cost photo and video editing software aimed at consumers.  Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 have been revamped with several new features, focusing heavily on mobile integration.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google looks to drop Netscape Plugin API support in Chrome, starting with blocking most plugins in January 2014  —  Google today announced it is dropping Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) in Chrome.  The company will be phasing out support over the coming year …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Finally, FDA tells mobile health app developers what it plans to regulate  —  More than two years after issuing its draft guidance on the regulation of mobile health apps, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally released its final guidelines.  —  By some counts, there are about …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung ISOCELL smartphone camera sensors promise better colors in low-light  —  Samsung's offering up spoilers at what we can expect from future Galaxy smartphones — already.  They will likely feature ISOCELL, the company's new CMOS imaging sensor.  It adds “advanced pixel technology” …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Humans wrote tweets for popular Twitter spambot @Horse_ebooks for two years as conceptual art  —  @Horse_ebooks is a human performance  —  @Horse_ebooks, the Twitter account that was until now largely thought to be a spambot, is in fact controlled by real people.

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