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September 8, 2014, 5:15 PM

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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
iPhone and “iWatch” NFC payments to use tokenization technology, prefered by banks for its security benefits  —  Apple to Use NFC, Tokenization in Payments, Sources Say  —  Apple will be utilizing near field communication (NFC) technology and tokenization technology in the new iPhone 6 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
5.5-inch iPhone 6 may run landscape apps with more productive iPad-like interface  —  While the 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will seemingly function as a large version of the current iPhone interface, it appears that the larger model with a 5.5-inch display could run software …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
The insane TiVo Mega costs $5,000, can record three years of TV, and looks like a rack server  —  Running out of room on your DVR sucks, no doubt.  Is it enough of a problem for you to throw $5,000 at it?  For most people, the answer is no, but in case it's a real issue you need to remedy …
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts rolling out Delve, its ‘Flipboard for Office 365’  —  Summary: Microsoft is kicking off its multi-month staged rollout of Delve, a new Office 365 search and presentation application.  —  Starting Monday, Microsoft is beginning to roll out Office Delve …
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.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Microsoft fully revamps its MSN portal, Bing mobile apps to be rebranded MSN too  —  Microsoft has fully overhauled its MSN portal to make it more deeply integrated with its other services.  Alongside this, it will also be introducing a rebrand of its Bing mobile apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Play Movies & TV for iOS now lets you download and play videos offline  —  Google today updated its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS with offline playback.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.  —  The addition means you can now download movies …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Home Depot Hit By Same Malware as Target  —  The apparent credit and debit card breach uncovered last week at Home Depot was aided in part by a new variant of the same malicious software program that stole card account data from cash registers at Target last December, according to sources close to the investigation.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Spotify To Let Free Users Get 30 Minutes Uninterrupted Listening In Return For Watching Video Ads  —  Spotify for Brands, the advertising side of the music streaming service (and one of the ways it generates revenue outside of paid subscriptions), is rolling out two new video ad units that will be seen by non-paying Spotify users.

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