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September 10, 2014, 7:45 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.
Benjamin Clymer / HODINKEE:
A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)  —  I'm not even sure we can call it a watch.  Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the hand-assembled …
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 …
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.  —  Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Microsoft is testing playing Xbox games in your browser  —  Mockup of Xbox 360 dashboard in your browser  —  Microsoft is a technology company and when they see a problem that they think they can solve, they put their best and brightest minds to a solution.
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.
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