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September 17, 2014, 4:25 PM

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 8 review: Apple empowers developers with Continuity, iCloud Drive, HealthKit, HomeKit, Pay  —  iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed  —  A big, developer-centric update completes the overhaul started in iOS 7.  —  “Huge for developers.  Massive for everyone else.”
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 8 With Continuity, Third Party Access to Keyboards/Touch ID, Family Sharing, and ‘Health’ App  —  Apple today released iOS 8 to the public, making the download available to all users who have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, 5th-generation iPod touch, or iPad mini.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8 apps from App Store due to issues (U: Apple statement)  —  Several apps began rolling out on the App Store this morning with HealthKit support for Apple's new Health app, but it seems issues on Apple's side have forced HealthKit-compatible apps …
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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Businessweek:
Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture  —  Steve Jobs's office remains Steve Jobs's office.  After his death in 2011, Tim Cook, his friend and successor as Apple (AAPL) chief executive officer, decided to leave the sparsely decorated room on the fourth floor of 1 Infinite Loop untouched.
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn struggles with iPhone 6 demand despite 200K workers making 540K phones/day  —  Foxconn Struggles to Meet New iPhone Demand  —  Apple fans may have to wait for weeks to get the new iPhones as Apple's major assembler Foxconn appears to be struggling to boost its production to meet strong demand.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Amazon leaks smaller, lighter, 300 DPI high-res Voyage Kindle, launching Nov 4th  —  Kindle Voyage leaks on Amazon with a new way to turn pages  —  Amazon appears to be preparing to launch new Kindles.  Several listings spotted on the German version of Amazon show a new “Kindle Voyage” …
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Peter Thiel: Twitter execs probably smoke pot, Uber most ethically challenged company  —  Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs  —  Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder, provides his play on social media company Twitter.  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Initial Apple Watch thoughts: gold version could start at $5K, stainless $1K; unclear how Apple and the market will deal with its technology growing old fast  —  Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations  —  Consider Vertu, the company that sells $6,000 Android phones (and which, back in the day, sold $6,000 Symbian phones).
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Material design screenshots leaked for Google Play Store 5.0 update  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The Google Play Store's 5.0 Update  —  A couple of months ago, we shared an early look at an impending Play Store update that saw more “materialized” content listings, but the rest of the interface remained largely unchanged.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon Wireless plans to launch Wi-Fi calling in mid-2015  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) plans to introduce Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year but does not see an urgent need for it, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.  —  Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Airbnb to begin collecting a 14% transient occupancy tax in San Francisco October 1  —  Airbnb Will Collect Taxes in San Francisco Starting Next Month  —  Airbnb will collect taxes from its hosts and and remit them to its hometown of San Francisco starting October 1, the company said today.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Easel To Shut Down Nine Months After Being Acquired By GitHub  —  Back when GitHub acquired Easel, a collaborative, What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get HTML web design tool, Easel's blog post on the matter implied that it would be sticking around.  “Easel continues to run as it has,” it read.
Ravi Grover / Facebook Developers:
Facebook adds label cohorts and retention charts to app analytics for developers  —  Introducing improved analytics tools for app developers  —  Today we're excited to announce that we're launching new tools within App Insights to let you better measure the performance of your app among specific groups …

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