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September 18, 2014, 1:15 PM

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Tim Cook / Apple:
Tim Cook's letter on privacy takes aim at Google's business model, noting Apple doesn't monetize its users' personal information  —  A message from Tim Cook about Apple's commitment to your privacy.  —  At Apple, your trust means everything to us.  That's why we respect your privacy …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
With iOS 8, Apple no longer holds encryption keys, making it unable to decrypt user data for law enforcement  —  Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police  —  Apple said Wednesday night that it would no longer turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Amazon announces $200 Kindle Voyage e-reader with 300 PPI 6" display and sensors for page-turning in the bezel  —  Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers  —  Perhaps Amazon sold a lot of 3G Paperwhites without special offers.  Or maybe Kobo's Aura HD has quietly taken …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Amazon puts a new processor in the $379 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, offers new $60 keyboard accessory  —  Amazon upgrades the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with more speed and better sound  —  A new processor, sound engine, and keyboard accessory round out the upgrades  —  Last year, Amazon completely overhauled …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Profile of Kevin Lynch, the VP in charge of wearable software at Apple  —  Meet Kevin Lynch, once a Flash point, now winding up Apple Watch  —  The exec, who clashed with Apple while at Adobe, now runs the team working on wearable software at Apple — a vital role as the company expands into a new business.
Nancy Gohring / GeekWire:
Lost forever?  Archive Team says TwitPic is blocking photo downloads before shutdown  —  A volunteer group that saves data at risk of disappearing when web sites die says the founder of TwitPic is blocking their efforts to record photos that have been uploaded to the site.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launching in US on October 17th, pre-orders start tomorrow  —  The Galaxy Note 4 will launch in the United States beginning October 17th, Samsung announced today, and pre-orders for the company's latest phablet kick off tomorrow.  AT&T has separately announced …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft cuts 747 employees in Washington state, 2,100 worldwide  —  Microsoft cuts another 2,100 employees worldwide  —  Summary: As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying o 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18.  —  In round two of its previously …
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Identity Security Firm Ping Raises $35 Million From K.K.R. and Others  —  With the news of hacking and data theft dominating headlines, there would seem to be no better time for a security software provider to raise new money.  And Ping Identity is wasting no time in collecting new funds.

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