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September 22, 2014, 1:20 AM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon has held a secret retreat for authors called “Campfire” for four years, but this weekend some Hachette supporters weren't invited  —  A Writerly Chill at Bezos' Fire  —  When Jeff Bezos tells writers to keep quiet, they obey.  —  Every fall, Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon …
Businessweek:
Tim Cook Q&A: The Full Interview on iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch  —  Tim Cook was jubilant.  It was Sept. 10, a day after the introduction of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., and Apple's (AAPL) chief executive officer couldn't have been happier about reactions from the audience and the media.
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Austin Mann:
Photographer extensively tests new iPhone cameras in Iceland, praises low light improvements  —  iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland  —  v  —  This year I had the opportunity to be at Apple's Keynote where they announced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Watch.
Bloomberg:
Stripe's integration with Apple Pay marks another big win for the 5-year-old startup  —  Stripe Lands Apple in Quest for $720 Billion in Payments  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s list of partners for its new Apple Pay service reads like a Who's Who of the payments world, including Visa Inc. and First Data Corp.
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Reuters:
KNFB Reader is a $99 iOS app that lets the blind listen to an audio readback of printed text  —  New smartphone app gives sight to the blind  —  (Reuters) - Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge.
More: Gizmodo
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
How Betaworks revived Digg, growing it from 1.5M to 8M monthly visitors over the last 2 years  —  Inside the company that rebuilt Digg  —  Before there was Reddit, there was Digg.  Digg used to be one of Silicon Valley's hottest startups.  Founded in late 2004, it became a sensation …
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Legal challenges could threaten the business models of the on-demand startups relying on independent contractors  —  Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem?  —  An examination of tech's favorite labor model.  —  Shares … Earlier this year, I hired a house cleaner.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Developer Kit With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones  —  Oculus gave the world the first look at its new developer kit Crescent Bay today at Oculus' Connect conference, which you can watch live here.  Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate …
Hayden Dingman / PC World:

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