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September 8, 2014, 10:30 PM

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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Apple pilot program to develop partnerships with merchants may be related to a loyalty/rewards program  —  Apple to Launch Pilot Program For Merchant Partnership  —  Apple will be launching a pilot program to develop partnerships with merchants, including retailers, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the program.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Fire Phone's $200 price cut is just one more sign of its dismal market performance  —  Amazon Cuts Struggling Phone's Price to 99 Cents  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sixty thousand people vied to attend the unveiling of Amazon's first smartphone in late June.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Amazon cuts Fire phone price to $0.99 in the US, opens Germany and UK pre-orders; will ship September 30  —  Amazon today announced it is cutting the Fire phone's price in the US to $0.99 with a two-year contract.  That's not too bad given that one year of Prime is still included in the package.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
5.5" ‘iPhone 6’ said to launch in limited quantities on Sept. 19 alongside 4.7" model  —  Apple fans clamoring for the anticipated 5.5-inch version of Apple's “iPhone 6” may not have to wait long, as a new report claims that the “phablet” model will launch alongside the 4.7-inch version on Sept. 19 …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web  —  In an interview last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple would be beefing up iCloud security measures in response to the recent disclosure of compromised celebrity accounts.  Among the additional security features …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
SheTaxis, an Uber-like service for women with exclusively women drivers, launches next week in New York State  —  New Service Offers Taxis Exclusively for Women  —  New Yorkers can already choose from yellow taxis, green cabs or black livery cars.  They can tap a smartphone app for a ride, or simply stick out an arm.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber CEO says company is creating 50K jobs a month, shouldn't be as ruthless now that it's big  —  Uber CEO Thinks It Needs To Be Kinder And Gentler Now That It's On Top  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he and his company get a bad rap for being aggressive because he learned to be fierce while running his last scrappy startup.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Paypal's Braintree announces One Touch payments and Bitcoin integration for developers  —  PayPal's Braintree Embraces Bitcoin, One-Touch Payments  —  Nearly a year after PayPal acquired it in an all-cash $800 million deal, online and mobile payments platform Braintree is unveiling one-touch payments and is integrating Bitcoin.
Dave Hoch / Lead-Gen Blog:
iPhone 5 is still the most popular Apple smartphone, iPad 2 the most used tablet  —  iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Still Dominate As Apple Prepares for Announcement  —  Tomorrow, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6.  With anticipation building for the announcement, one question looms large: will we get two new iPhones, or one?
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile  —  After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product.  —  The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team.
Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
HP Stream, Microsoft's Chromebook competitor, starts at $299, not the expected $199  —  HP Stream: A Windows Machine at a (Slightly High) Chromebook Price  —  Last month, HP gave us a good look at Microsoft's upcoming Chromebook slayer, known as the HP Stream, after temporarily posting its specs on their own website.
Bloomberg:
Facebook's Value Tops $200 Billion on Mobile-Ad Optimism  —  Facebook Inc. (FB)'s market value exceeded $200 billion to put it among the world's biggest corporations, as investors bet on the company to capitalize on the future of mobile advertising.  —  Facebook shares rose .8 percent …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
If Reddit is a government, it's a failed state unable to control events within its borders  —  Reddit is a failed state  —  The “front page of the internet” is run by warlords  —  As Reddit trips over itself trying to contain its stolen nude photo problem, CEO Yishan Wong finally addressed …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Bill Gross launches Idea Market to match startup ideas with prospective founders and investors  —  With Idea Market, Bill Gross Will Fund You to Bring His Ideas to Life  —  It requires no stretch of the imagination to say that Bill Gross is an idea guy.  He came up with seminal Internet innovations …
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