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September 16, 2014, 6:25 PM

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Buster Hein / Cult of Mac:
Apple confirms iPhone 6 NFC chip is only for Apple Pay at launch  —  Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping the company's new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrated NFC tags into your favorite apps, however you won't be able …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Round two of Microsoft layoffs coming September 18: Sources  —  Summary: Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company with its second wave of cuts later this week.  —  Later this week, Microsoft will lay off another group …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Misfit announces Flash, a plastic $50 wearable that tracks fitness and sleep  —  Misfit Wearables Launches The Flash, A More Affordable Fitness And Sleep Tracker  —  Misfit Wearables, which has sold roughly 600,000 metallic, quarter-sized activity trackers or Shines, has launched a more affordable fitness wearable called the Flash.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft introduces “Universal Mobile Keyboard”, built for iOS, Android, and Windows; to be released this October for $79.95  —  Microsoft creates a keyboard for iOS and Android tablets  —  Microsoft has created a keyboard designed for iOS, Android, and Windows tablets.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Rackspace no longer exploring sale, names current president Taylor Rhodes CEO, falls 17% after hours  —  Rackspace No Longer for Sale, Names New CEO  —  Rackspace, the cloud computing player that has been for sale since May, ended that process today, saying it intends to remain independent.
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Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
YC's Sam Altman plus roster of notable founders including Graham, Thiel, and Andreessen, to teach Stanford course on startups; lectures to appear online  —  Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, And Marissa Mayer Want To Teach You ‘How To Start A Startup’  —  Some of the most prominent investors …
Yang Jie / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Worker Detained for Giving Customers a Sneak Peek at iPhone 6  —  Apple's new iPhone 6 might not be available in mainland China any time soon.  But, according to local authorities, plenty of people there have already wrapped their hands around its contours.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign  —  And the promise of lower heating and cooling bills  —  One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house.  It's not to brag so much as to explain …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Tim Cook doesn't want Apple to be a ‘treasure trove’ of user data for the NSA  —  Apple's privacy and security measures have been under a microscope for the past month, first with a targeted attack on celebrities that led to leaked nude photos, and now on Apple's own systems as the company gears …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Fastly grabs $40M on its quest to build a big, cool content-distribution network  —  Above: Servers at Fastly's point of presence in Frankfurt.  —  Fastly, a startup looking to challenge the biggest companies in the business of distributing content around the world for quick online access, has brought on $40 million in fresh money.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches OneNote for Android Wear and Share extension for iOS 8, updates Office Lens for Windows Phone  —  Microsoft today made three major OneNote announcements.  The company launched OneNote for Android Wear and a Share extension for iOS 8, as well as updated Office Lens for Windows Phone.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Handybook Rebrands As Handy In An Effort To Become Amazon For Home Services  —  What's in a name?  As it turns out, a lot.  —  That's the thinking behind Handybook's decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.”  The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Jury finds CBS infringes podcasting patent, awards $1.3 million  —  The popular show NCIS is one of several shows that CBS was sued over.  —  CBS  —  A jury in Marshall, Texas found the infamous “podcasting patent” was infringed by CBS's website today and said that the TV network …
Jason Verge / Data Center Knowledge:
Data Center Security Startup vArmour Emerges from Stealth  —  Data center security startup vArmour has come out of stealth.  The company recently raised a $15 million series C after proving itself with several enterprises and service providers, but has not, until now, said what it does.
Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston:
Product design startup GrabCAD acquired by Stratasys for $100 million  —  Computer-aided design (CAD) startup GrabCAD of Cambridge has been acquired by Stratasys (SSYS), a Minnesota-based 3D printer and 3D production systems maker.  Although terms of the deal were not disclosed …
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Hackers can exploit Kindle security flaw to access your Amazon account using malicious ebooks  —  Your Amazon Account Can be Hacked via a Kindle eBook  —  Amazon might not have a security issue at Audible but they do have one on their main website.  —  A security researcher has reported …
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Cloud darling Docker gets $40M in funding to push its container technology  —  The closing of the funding round ends a momentous summer for the container management startup in which companies like Google, Microsoft and VMware have all pledged support and a bunch of startups have sprung up to take advantage of the Docker platform.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
FiftyThree reveals Mix, a community for sharing and downloading any kind of Paper  —  Grid paper, lined paper, and even smartphone templates  —  “What is your favorite PowerPoint template?”  FiftyThree CEO Georg Petschnigg wants to know.  —  It's a surprisingly pertinent question.
Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram Blog:
Wolfram launches cloud-based Mathematica Online that works in the browser  —  Launching Today: Mathematica Online!  —  It's been many years in the making, and today I'm excited to announce the launch of Mathematica Online: a version of Mathematica that operates completely in the cloud …

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