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September 10, 2014, 3:55 PM

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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.
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:
Apple Watch tidbits: water resistance, microphone for calls, apps can be loaded from iPhone, Edition box doubles as charger, more  —  Apple Watch Update: More Details and Hands-On Impressions  —  Today, it seemed as if every tech journalist in America was crammed into Apple's auditorium.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Apple seems unclear whether Watch is an iPhone accessory or valuable in its own  —  Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No  —  Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote.  His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length …
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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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
IDG closing Macworld magazine; Macworld.com website to continue; most editorial staff let go; IDG editorial director Jason Snell resigns  —  IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the editorial staff let go … International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine …
Ali Al-Qudsi / Geek on Gadgets:
Exclusive: Nokia, Windows Phone Brands to be Replaced By Microsoft, Windows  —  A confidential internal document we received has shed some light on the future of devices produced by Microsoft Mobile, formerly Nokia's devices and services division.  It's no secret that Microsoft are trying …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords published, Google says ‘no evidence’ its systems were compromised  —  Approximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews.  That's the bad news.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls  —  For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company's VoIP calling solution, was on its way out.  Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention.
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:
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Tinder in talks with Benchmark to raise funding at valuation of over $750 Million  —  Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million  —  Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources.
More: ReadWrite and Forbes
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” …

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