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September 10, 2014, 12:40 PM

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Elizabeth Dexheimer / Bloomberg:
Apple collects fees from banks, not developers or merchants, when consumers use Apple Pay for credit or debit card purchases  —  Apple Said to Reap Fees From Banks in New Payment System  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will collect fees from banks when consumers use an iPhone in place of credit …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Here's Apple Pay In Action  —  Apple has revealed its mobile payments play, and it features NFC and Touch ID, as many expected.  The system works as fast as they joked it did on stage - which is why in our demo we ran through a number of different payment scenarios.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Source: Apple Watch battery life is “about a day right now”, Apple trying to improve ahead of launch  —  Code/Red: Apple Watch Battery Life — “Charge Nightly”  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Internet Slowdown Day.  — Silicon Valley vanity searches of Vanity Fair's New Establishment list — congrats, bosses.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Microsoft and Mojang have been in talks for months; Notch would likely leave after transition  —  Microsoft Said Near $2 Billion Deal for Minecraft Maker  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Xbox video-game console, is in discussions to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft in “serious discussions” to buy Minecraft maker Mojang AB in deal worth more than $2B  —  Microsoft Near Deal to Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang  —  Deal May Come This Week, Value Swedish Company at More Than $2 Billion  —  Microsoft Corp. is in serious discussions to buy Mojang AB …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google Voice Integration Is Currently Rolling Out In Hangouts  —  There have been rumors, speculation, hints in Hangouts updates, and now finally Google Voice is being rolled into Hangouts.  The Hangouts app is offering to enable Voice SMS and voicemail via a popup in the conversation list.
Kevin Rawlinson / BBC:
Twitter supports Internet Slowdown campaign along with Netflix, Reddit, Mozilla, Digg, more  —  Twitter, Netflix and Reddit hold net neutrality protest  —  Protesters rally in support of ‘net neutrality’ in May this year  —  Twitter, Netflix and Reddit will take part in an “internet slowdown” …
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
German startup incubator Rocket Internet finally confirms that it will pursue $1 billion IPO in 2014  —  And we're off to the races.  After Zalando last week, German startup incubator Rocket Internet this morning confirmed its intention to float its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange before the end of this year.
Eric Mill / Konklone:
Google is moving to remove support for SHA-1 encryption in Chrome as it is no longer secure  —  Why Google is Hurrying the Web to Kill SHA-1  —  Hilbert map of hashing algorithms, by Ian Boyd  —  Most of the secure web is using an insecure algorithm, and Google's just declared it to be a slow-motion emergency.
More: InfoQ and SecurityWeek
Robert Lemos / Ars Technica:
Dyre banking trojan, a Zeus variant, branches into corporate espionage with Salesforce attack  —  Dyre malware branches out from banking, adds corporate espionage  —  A variant of the infamous banking trojan Zeus has gone beyond targeting financial accounts, instead striving to collect another type …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 6 Plus hands-on: large enough to potentially rival iPad mini, thin enough to feel manageable in-hand  —  The iPhone 6 Plus hands-on: yeah, it's big  —  I just had the chance to play with the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and while it's nothing surprising after all the leaks, it's still a fascinating phone.

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