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September 11, 2014, 3:20 PM

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Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple revamps retail store process for buying products on launch day with new digital queueing system  —  Apple aims to make buying an iPhone 6 easier at its stores with new digital queue system  —  Apple has its product launches down to a science.  But sometimes issues arise and not everyone can …
New York Times:
Apple delays launch of new iPhones in China, possibly because they haven't been approved by regulators  —  Release of iPhone 6 Delayed in China  —  BEIJING — Apple is facing a potential setback in China, one of its biggest and fastest-growing markets, after the much-anticipated introductions …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Chromebooks can now run some Android apps for the first time, including Evernote and Vine  —  We knew that Google planned to add support for running Android apps on Chromebooks since the company announced it back at Google I/O in June, but today we've had confirmation that the first Android apps …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked Windows 9 screens reveal virtual desktops, windowed “modern” apps, search button on taskbar, and more  —  Leaked Windows 9 screenshots reveal the future of the desktop  —  Leaked Windows 9 screenshots have surfaced previously, but this time we're getting a closer look …
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
HTC's smartwatch is alive and kicking, and due in early 2015  —  CNET has learned that HTC still plans to enter the burgeoning wearables business despite speculation its watch was scratched.  —  LAS VEGAS — HTC still wants in on the wearables game, even after Apple made its big move.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Uber's Revenue Is 12 Times The Size of Lyft's, New Study Says  —  The bitter battle between Uber and Lyft isn't exactly a close fight.  —  According to new research that draws on credit and debit card transactions by 3.8 million Americans, Uber's revenue was about 12 times that of its rival between May 2013 and May 2014.
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Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support  —  Yesterday was a huge — huge! — day for Apple, as it unveiled new and bigger phones, its first smartwatch, and a new wireless, NFC-based payments system: Apple Pay.  —  Apple announced a long list of financial …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google acquires polling service Polar for Google+, will shut down service at end of the year  —  Google's Deal for Polar Shows it Has Not Given Up On Google+  —  Google's social network Google+ has failed to catch Facebook, but the Web giant has not given up on the business entirely.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Brad Garlinghouse Out as CEO of Hightail  —  Brad Garlinghouse, the former Yahoo executive tapped two years ago to transform the company formerly known as YouSendit into the file-sharing company Hightail, has left the company.  —  Garlinghouse confirmed the move to Re/code.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft previews Azure's Live Streaming and Content Protection, makes Media Indexer generally available  —  Microsoft today released the public previews of Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings as part of its Azure Media Services suite.  At the same time, the company announced …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New U2 album gets pushed to iTunes users by default, may appear on your iPhone automatically  —  U2's new album is showing up on your iPhone whether you want it or not  —  U2's new Songs of Innocence.  —  U2  —  I'm not here to tell you what music you should be listening to …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Viber introduces videos calls to its mobile chat apps for Android and iOS  —  Viber, the mobile messaging app bought by Japan's e-commerce giant Rakuten for $900 million, is spreading its wings beyond voice calling on mobile after it introduced video calling to its Android and iOS apps.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
EMC explores selling stake in VMware  —  EMC Corp., a $60 billion tech giant specializing in cloud-based applications, has decided to explore selling its stake in VMware, a 16-year-old software services company, The Post has learned.  —  The decision to consider putting the Palo Alto …

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