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September 19, 2014, 12:40 PM

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iFixit:
iPhone 6 Plus teardown: 1GB RAM confirmed, has nearly double the battery capacity of the 5s  —  iPhone 6 Plus Teardown  —  Over the years, we've seen the iPhone evolve—and grow.  It began as just the iPhone.  Soon it learned how to 3G, it gained an S (it would lose and gain this every other year) …
iFixit:
iPhone 6 Teardown  —  Double the iPhone, double the teardown!  With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7", it's still a giant among iPhones.  What was so big that Apple couldn't fit it into the familiar form factor?
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Android L, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time  —  Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police  —  The next generation of Google's Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 8 on iPhone 4S: cramped screen and 50% more time to do the same tasks compared to iOS 7  —  iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S: Performance isn't the (only) problem  —  The iPhone 4S.  I remember when this was the one that made my old phone feel slow.  —  iPhones have about a year to be top-of-the-line.
Bloomberg:
Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, appointed CTO, chairman; Mark Hurd and Safra Catz now co-CEOs  —  Oracle's Ellison Steps Down as CEO, Replaced by Hurd and Catz  —  Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive officer of the software maker he founded …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans  —  Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time.  The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Google, Dropbox, and others launch open source security organization Simply Secure  —  New Initiative Simply Secure Aims to Make Security Tools Easier to Use  —  The dramatic revelations of large-scale government surveillance and deep penetration of the Internet by intelligence services …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Nvidia unveils new flagship GeForce GTX 980 and 970 desktop GPUs based on Maxwell architecture  —  NVIDIA's latest GPU crams 4K images on 1080p displays  —  Back in February, NVIDIA trotted out the very first desktop GPUs to feature its new Maxwell architecture: the GeForce GTX 750 and 750i.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft cuts 747 employees in Washington state, 2,100 worldwide; closing Silicon Valley research lab  —  Microsoft to close Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley  —  Summary: Microsoft Research's Silicon Valley, with about 50 employees, is one of the casualties of Microsoft's latest round of 2,100 job cuts.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube will spend millions to fund and promote new shows from popular creators  —  YouTube Takes Out Checkbook Again, Pays Its Stars to Make Videos  —  The world's biggest video site is paying people to make videos.  Again.  —  YouTube is planning to invest millions in some of its biggest stars …
Dave Lee / BBC:
eBay flaw exposing visitors to malicious websites has affected site since at least February  —  eBay security flaw has existed for months  —  Listings clicked on eBay automatically directed users to malicious websites  —  A flaw that has exposed eBay customers to malicious websites …
Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette:
France's new anti-Uber law gives Taxis an unfair advantage  —  Yesterday evening, the France's National Assembly voted definitively in favor of the pro-taxi “Thévenoud law,” which imposed a certain number of restrictions and regulations on both Taxis and VTC (licensed professional drivers …
More: PandoDaily and EngadgetTweets: @daveg
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Bing Image Search Updates Include Touch Friendly Result Pages That Adapt To Screen Size & Resolution  —  Over the next few weeks, Bing is rolling out new updates to its image search experience that include touch-friendly search result pages that have been designed to adapt to a user's screen size and resolution.
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Finally: Meta begins shipping its augmented reality glasses to developers  —  The developer kit edition of Meta's glasses has come a long way since last December.  But it's clear that augmented reality is still in its infancy.  —  It's a common story: Post your product on Kickstarter …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Home Depot: 56M Cards Impacted, Malware Contained  —  Home Depot said today that cyber criminals armed with custom-built malware stole an estimated 56 million debit and credit card numbers from its customers between April and September 2014.  That disclosure officially makes the incident the largest retail card breach on record.

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