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September 22, 2014, 8:55 PM

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
iPhone 6/6 Plus beat competition in browser and GPU benchmarks, web browsing battery life test  —  iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Preliminary Results  —  While we're still working on the full review, I want to get out some preliminary results for the iPhone 6.
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
iPhone 6 Plus display is “best performing smartphone LCD we ever tested”, iPhone 6 “very good”  —  iPhone 6 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Introduction A key element for a great Smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top performing display …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple won't shut down the Beats Music streaming service, but the Beats Music brand may change  —  Apple's Beats Music Brand May Go Away.  Apple's Beats Music Service Is Sticking Around.  —  Earlier this year, Apple bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Beats Music brand will be shut down, product could be rolled into iTunes  —  Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music  —  Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats.
Apple:
Apple sells over 10M iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in three days after launch, beating 9M iPhones sold in the same period last year  —  First Weekend iPhone Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Record  —  Apple® today announced it has sold over 10 million new iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Google selects HTC to make its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet  —  HTC Returns to Tablets with Google Nexus Partnership  —  After disappointing sales of the Flyer tablet in 2011, HTC's executives said they'd swear off making tablets until they found a compelling reason to try again.  —  They have one now.
Jackgmarch Com / Jack March:
Source: 12″ Macbook Air has thinner fanless design, reversible USB Type C, no MagSafe  —  Exclusive: 12″ Macbook Air Design Details  —  You may remember a report from last week claiming that the MacBook Air was going to arrive in Space Grey, Gold, & Silver colours and launch in Mid 2015 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO, Amazon Prime and Broadband for $40 a Month at AT&T  —  It's still nearly impossible to get HBO, or any other pay-TV channel, without subscribing to a pay-TV package that gives you a bundle of channels, whether you want them or not.  —  But the people who sell you TV are starting to tinker with the model, at least at the margins.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary  —  Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe.  —  Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing capabilities to their apps.  Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AT&T, Chernin buy majority stake in Fullscreen YouTube network, valuing it between $200-300M  —  AT&T & Chernin Buy Fullscreen, the Big YouTube Video Network  —  Otter Media, the Web video joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is confirming its deal to buy a controlling stake in Fullscreen …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Buying into murky Alibaba is buying into a corrupt government that's excluded US companies  —  Thoughts On Alibaba  —  The post Thoughts On Alibaba appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.  —  A caveat before I think out loud, quite possibly getting myself into a running battle I know I can't win …
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New York Times:
China's stricter restrictions on foreign internet services make it difficult for Google's business  —  China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google  —  Credit: Illustration by Sam Manchester/The New York Times  —  HONG KONG — Google's problems in China just got worse.
More: SiliconBeatTweets: @karinfischer
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lyft scales back its Lyft Plus service, offering concessions to drivers who bought customized $34K SUVs to participate  —  Lyft Plus changes upset some drivers  —  Some early drivers for Lyft Plus, which Lyft started in May as a premium and larger-capacity ride service …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
A Year After It Was First Announced, PlayStation TV Headed to U.S. for $99  —  PlayStaton TV will be available October 14  —  Sony first announced the PlayStation Vita TV settop box over a year ago in Japan.  The tiny device is roughly comparable in concept and scope to the Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV.

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