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September 10, 2014, 6:00 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.
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 …
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 …
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
T-Mobile will start offering personalized router for Wi-Fi calling; all new phones will have ability to make Wi-Fi calls and texts out of the box  —  T-Mobile will give you a customized router for better Wi-Fi calling  —  After Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support in iOS 8 …
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.
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 …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
2-Hour Refund Window For Paid Apps And Games On The Play Store Is Officially Official  —  Around a month ago, we reported that Google had seemingly changed the refund window for paid apps and games on the Play Store to two hours.  We tested our theory extensively, and 2 hours was the figure we landed on repeatedly.
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Visa, MasterCard in talks with mobile wallet providers for “Cardholder Present” rate if they integrate biometric authentication  —  Visa, MasterCard in Talks with Mobile Wallets for ‘Cardholder Present’ Rate  —  With the arrival of Apple Pay yesterday, the mobile wallet industry has been reinvigorated.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter taps debt markets, to offer up to $1.5B in convertible bonds for acquisitions and expansion  —  Twitter Seeks to $1.5 Billion in Debt Offering  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is tapping debt markets for the first time, with plans to raise as much as $1.5 billion to invest in acquisitions and expansion.
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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.
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