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September 25, 2013, 1:10 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.
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 …
More: ZDNet and The Verge
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles  —  Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race.  So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings's service.
Tero Kuittinen / BGR:
Finnish media: Nokia pleads with Elop to accept smaller bonus - Elop claims he needs full $25M for his divorce  —  According to the early Wednesday morning edition of Finland's biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Nokia has pleaded with former CEO Stephen Elop to accept a smaller bonus in order …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @sameer_singh17
Brad Reed / BGR:
Elop's contract reportedly gave him a big incentive to tank Nokia's stock, sell company  —  Wild-eyed believers in the Grand Elop Conspiracy might feel a little less crazy this morning.  Frequent BGR contributor Tero Kuittinen, writing over at Forbes, points us to some reports …
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 …
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.
Marc Rogers / The Official Lookout Blog:
Why I Hacked Apple's TouchID, And Still Think It Is Awesome.  —  By now, the news is out —TouchID was hacked.  In truth, none of us really expected otherwise.  Fingerprint biometrics use a security credential that gets left behind everywhere you go on everything you touch.
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 …
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.
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Oracle takes the fight to Amazon, Salesforce.com with new cloud services  —  Ten new cloud services plus a marketplace are being added to Oracle's arsenal  —  Oracle is offering a series of new services that position it as a one-stop shop for all things cloud and directly target the likes of Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
With its new cloud player, RealNetworks is trying the next big turnaround  —  “When I came back, I said: show me the iOS version of RealPlayer.”  —  RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser still vividly remembers talking to his team after he returned to the company as CEO last summer …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube Announces A New Commenting System, Powered By Google+, With Threaded, Ranked And Private Conversations  —  YouTube today announced a new commenting system that will be powered by Google+.  The system, which is launching on channel discussion tabs this week before rolling out to all videos …
Bernd Leger / Localytics:
China Leads the Pack in Preference For iPhone 5s Over 5c  —  After some pretty extensive analysis of the iPhone 5s versus 5c within the first 48 hours after launch that we reported yesterday, we wanted to drill a bit further into the global distribution of the new iPhones looking at new data after 72 hours post launch.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
In Its First Acquisition, StumbleUpon Buys Video Recommendation Startup 5by  —  Content discovery service StumbleUpon is announcing that it has acquired 5by, a video startup based in Montreal.  —  The financial terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, but the companies say the entire six-person 5by team …

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