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September 8, 2014, 12:35 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Disney stores add NFC credit card readers and Apple stores upgrade iBeacons ahead of iPhone launch  —  Apple and Disney Stores upgrading iBeacons and NFC scanners ahead of iPhone 6 launch  —  Apple and longtime partner Disney this week are bolstering their stores with upgraded versions …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apparent Working 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Reveals Home Screen Layout, Passbook Icon With Payments [Updated]  —  Chinese site cnBeta highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user zzray showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Dominating Shipping Capacity Out Of China With New iPhones  —  According to several sources, Apple has already begun flexing its supply chain muscles by shipping so many units of upcoming devices from its manufacturing facilities to sales outlets that it is causing delays for other manufacturers.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's wearable will come with an App Store; Facebook and several other big developers already have access to a pre-release SDK  —  Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big developers already seeded SDK  —  Apple's upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and …
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Apple has invited several top fashion editors and bloggers to its Tuesday media event  —  Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations mount  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala …
Alex Wawro / Gamasutra:
John Carmack on Gear VR, building the Oculus Mobile SDK, difficulties of Android development  —  Q&A: Carmack reveals the challenges of mobile VR game development  —  Yesterday Samsung formally revealed its Gear VR headset, which was developed in close partnership with the folks at Oculus VR.
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Bloomberg:
CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting  —  CenturyLink Inc. (CTL), the Louisiana-based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquire Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX) to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation.
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
The unstoppable TI-84 Plus: How an outdated calculator still holds a monopoly on classrooms  —  In the ruthlessly competitive world of technology, where companies rush the latest gadget to market and slash prices to stay competitive, the TI-84 Plus is an anomaly.
Re/code:
Reddit raising over $50M for less than 10% of the company, at a valuation upwards of $500M  —  Reddit Raising a Big Round, and Some Y Combinator Players Are in the Mix  —  Reddit, the social news site with a big Web footprint, is raising a big funding round — with help from some of the people …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix may add short-form content to increase mobile usage  —  Most people don't spend 90 minutes watching whole movies on their phones, which is why Netflix may soon serve them two-minute clips of the best scenes.  —  Netflix has always been all about TV shows and movies, but soon …

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