September 24, 2013, 11:50 AM

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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 …
Chris Ciaccia /
Exclusive: Twitter Picks NYSE for $1.5B IPO  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Looking to learn from the past, social media company Twitter will list on the New York Stock Exchange in an IPO estimated to net around $1.5 billion, sources close to the situation have said.
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.
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?”
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. trade panel judge says HTC violates Nokia patents  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corporation infringed on two Nokia Corp patents in making its mobile telephones and tablets, a judge said in a preliminary ruling for the U.S. International Trade Commission.  —  HTC was found to have infringed …
Andrew Bocking / Inside BlackBerry:
BBM for Android and iPhone will not launch this week following leak of unreleased version  —  BBM for Android and iPhone Update - Note from the head of BBM  —  This is Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry.  As a follow up to our first blog post on Saturday, I want to take a moment …
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 …

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