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September 23, 2014, 12:00 PM

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
SquareTrade breakability tests show iPhone 6/6 Plus are the most durable iPhones yet  —  iPhone 6 Is the Most Durable iPhone Yet, Says Insurer  —  The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be the largest iPhones Apple has ever made, but they're also the toughest, according to SquareTrade, a gadget insurer that publishes a “breakability” index.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Say hello to Talko: Ray Ozzie's startup wants to reinvent the phone call, starting with an iPhone app  —  What has Ray Ozzie been focusing on since leaving his position as Microsoft's chief software architect?  Here's the answer.  A new app and online service called Talko …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Home Depot's former security architect was convicted of sabotaging his ex-employer's network  —  Home Depot's former security architect had history of techno-sabotage  —  “We sell hammers” was the justification Home Depot managers gave for cheaping out on security to IT employees.  —  WestportWiki
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iClarified:
Apple Announces iOS 8 Adoption Has Already Reached 46%  —  Apple has announced that iOS 8 adoption has already reached 46%.  First spotted by iClarified, Apple quietly revealed the statistic on its App Store Distribution page.  —  The company says iOS 8 adoption reached 46% on September 21, 2014.
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:
John Brownlee / Co.Design:
iPod Mastermind Tony Fadell On The Death Of The iPod: “You Can't Get Too Nostalgic”  —  After 13 years, the iPod Classic is dead.  Google's Tony Fadell tells us what killed the iPod, and why we shouldn't be bummed about it.  —  What does it feel like to lose your design child?
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Radius Raises $54.7 Million to Improve Sales Leads Using Big Data … Marketing automation software, which delivers sales prospects to customers, has generated some big companies-last year, Marketo Inc. went public and has a market cap of $1.26 billion, and HubSpot Inc. filed in August to raise up to $100 million in an IPO.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Eric Schmidt says Google will cut ties with ALEC because group is lying about climate change  —  Google will stop supporting climate change science deniers, calls them liars  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.  —  JD Lasica  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today said it was a …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Branch Metrics Raises $3 Million From NEA For More Intelligent Deep Links That Make Apps Work Like The Web  —  Palo Alto-based Branch Metrics has just raised $3 million from NEA and others to address a series of challenges affecting the mobile app ecosystem today.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Traxpay Raises $15M, Teams With MasterCard To Be The PayPal Of The B2B World  —  Traxpay, a German startup that has created a platform for businesses in a supply chain to make payments to each other — think PayPal for the B2B world, or an Alipay of the Western world — is making …
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.

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