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September 8, 2014, 9:10 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.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
More: Gigaom, Fortune and Forbes
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:
Authy, a two-factor authentication service for websites and apps, raises $3M in seed funding  —  Authy Raises $3M to End Nude-Photo Theft, Other Fraudulent Hacks … Seed investors have put $3 million into Authy Inc., a San Francisco startup that is bringing safer-than-password protection to an array of apps and services.
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 …
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 …

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