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September 11, 2014, 7:55 PM

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Court documents show US threatened Yahoo with $250K/day fine in 2008 if it refused to participate in NSA's PRISM program  —  U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data  —  The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPhone 6 Pre-Orders to Kick off Tonight at 12:01 AM Pacific  —  Following Tuesday's announcement of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple announced plans to begin taking pre-orders for the devices on Friday, September 12.  —  Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T will all begin accepting pre-orders …
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 …
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.
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 …
Max Eulenstein / Facebook:
Facebook will now show better News Feed ads using data users report on why they hid ads  —  News Feed FYI: Listening to People's Feedback to Show Better Ads  —  Every day, there are millions of ads that are eligible to be shown in News Feed from more than 1.5 million active advertisers on Facebook …
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Verizon CEO Says Its Internet TV Service Will Be Up By Mid-2015 And Will Include “Custom Channels”  —  CEO Lowell McAdam offered a few more details this morning about Verizon's plan to offer a TV-like service over the Internet, a market that Sony and Dish Network also hope to lead.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Dropbox received hundreds of data requests from law enforcement, only told 91 users about them  —  Above: Dropbox cofounder and CEO Drew Houston.  —  Dropbox announced its first six-month transparency report today, revealing 268 law enforcement requests “for user information” …
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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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
eBay is preparing to launch an advertising network for its mobile apps  —  EBay Prepping New Mobile Ad Network  —  EBay is set to launch an advertising network for its mobile app, opening up a new avenue for marketers to reach the app's roughly 4.6 million daily visitors.
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 …
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.
Loek Essers / PC World:
Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules  —  European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday.

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