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September 25, 2013, 8:40 AM

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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon Announces The Kindle HDX 7- And 8.9-Inch Tablets With High-Res Screens, 2GHz Processors  —  Amazon has upped the Fire tablet ante with two new HDX models in 7- and 8.9-inch sizes with brand-new, high-resolution screens and running an updated Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor at 2GHz.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Talks New Kindles and What He's Doing Next  —  For the last two years, Amazon.com (AMZN) has scraped and clawed its way to a relatively minor position in the exploding tablet market.  Its Kindle Fire tablets, which plug directly into Amazon's own media and e-commerce services …
More: MashableTweets: @inafried
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Amazon refreshes Kindle Fire HD with new body, $139 price tag  —  No surprise, of course, that the Kindle Fire HDX was the thing Amazon really wanted to shout about from the Seattle mountaintops today.  But Jeff Bezos had another little surprise up his impeccably tailored sleeves …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics to launch smartphone with curved display in October  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will introduce a smartphone with a curved display in October, as the world's top handset maker seeks to set the pace of hardware innovation and maintain its supremacy in a fiercely competitive business.
Brad Reed / BGR:
Venu Satuluri / Twitter:
Twitter recommends accounts and tweets in notifications based on @MagicRecs algorithms  —  Stay in the know  —  We've started rolling out a new notification that recommends interesting accounts and Tweets for you.  —  If you're like me, you occasionally feel like you're missing …
Harry McCracken / TIME:
The Myth of Steve Jobs' Constant Breakthroughs  —  Last Friday, Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale.  The company sold nine million of them in the first weekend, breaking the five-million-phone record it set last year with the iPhone 5.  I sort of thought that was clearly good news for Apple and the iPhone.
More: ParisLemon and MacworldTweets: @groucho and @time
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Ellison skips OpenWorld keynote to watch America's Cup  —  CEO cancels his keynote at the last minute to watch a crucial Oracle Team USA race against New Zealand  —  Larry Ellison had a choice on Tuesday afternoon: watch a crucial race for his America's Cup sailing team or deliver a keynote …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung counters iPhone 5S with a golden Galaxy S4  —  Two weeks after Apple's September 10th reveal of a champagne-colored iPhone, Samsung is launching its own golden phone in the shape of a new Gold Edition Galaxy S4.  There are two options, Gold Pink or Gold Brown, which Samsung …
jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Next for Nest: A Smoke Detector  —  Smart thermostat-maker Nest Labs has been developing a smoke detector that could go on sale as soon as later this year, we have learned from people close to the startup.  —  Why are we telling you about a potential new smoke detector?  Good question.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bypassing TouchID was “no challenge at all,” hacker tells Ars  —  Ars expressed surprise on Monday that a hacker was able to bypass fingerprint protection less than 48 hours after its debut in Apple's newest iPhone, but not everyone felt the same way.  The hack, carried out by well-known …
More: 9to5Mac and ZDNet
Marc Rogers / The Official Lookout Blog:
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Roku launches new TV streaming boxes and brings Roku 3 to the UK and Ireland  —  Roku, makers of the streaming TV, film, music and gaming boxes, has today launched a new family of Roku devices and is bringing its top-of-the-line Roku 3 unit which has been available in the US since earlier in the year to the UK and Ireland.
Michael Kan / TechHive:
Second wave of ZTE Firefox OS phones to hit US next year  —  ZTE plans on launching another phone running Mozilla's Firefox OS, this time with a dual-core processor, a bigger screen, and a revamped user experience, a company executive said on Tuesday.  —  The Chinese handset maker has so far sold …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Google Is Going to Pay You Back for Your Unused Google Offers  —  Google has started sending out emails this week notifying its customers that it will soon start refunding their unused Google Offers.  —  The refunds signal a shift in how the Google Offers local deals platform works, as outlined in a July blog post.
More: Engadget

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