September 23, 2014, 4:55 PM

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones in Pockets  —  As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
Steven Levy / Medium:
Former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie wants to make phone calls more like collaborative documents with Talko  —  Brave New Phone Call  —  Ray Ozzie's new app Talko hopes to give people their voices back  —  I. … It's not an abstract subject for the 58-year entrepreneur.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450 4-core GPU, enhanced Cyclone CPU cores, 4MB L3 Cache  —  Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More  —  One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple's annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple's newest SoC.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Chris Martin / PC Advisor:
Samsung exits laptop market in Europe “for now” after decline in PC market  —  Exclusive: Samsung exits laptop market including Chromebooks  —  Following in the path of Sony and its Vaio PCs, Samsung has decided to exit the laptop market stopping sales of Ativ Windows …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FTC sues Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs, alleging fraudulent and deceptive practices  —  Feds say Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs ran “systematic deception” [Updated]  —  Sonny Vleisides (right), is Butterfly Labs' co-founder and largest shareholder.
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.
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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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google X Founder Sebastian Thrun Has Left His Role As Google VP And Fellow  —  Sebastian Thrun has left the building — the Google X building, that is.  The founder of search giant Google's factory to develop and build “moonshot” technologies, who launched the company's driverless car project …
Philip Kollar / Polygon:
Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years  —  Blizzard has officially canceled development on its mysterious next-generation massively multiplayer game Titan.  The company confirmed the news to Polygon in a recent interview.  —  This revelation comes after at least seven years …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Currents For iOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign  —  Google Currents, Google's magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you're interested in …
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.
Zach Rodgers / AdExchanger:
Millennial Media To Buy Nexage, Mobile SSP And Exchange, For $108M  —  Millennial Media needed a good story around programmatic, and now it has one.  —  The publicly-traded mobile ad tech platform has signed an agreement to buy mobile exchange player Nexage for $107.5 million in cash and stock.
Cromwell Schubarth / bizjournals:
Aussie startup Invoice2Go raises $35M led by Accel, moves to Palo Alto  —  Aussie startup moves to Palo Alto, hires ex-eHarmony CEO and raises $35M  —  Australian mobile B2B startup Invoice2Go's first venture round is a big one, in more ways than one.  —  The 10-year-old Sydney company founded …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Structured Snippets Officially Live In Search Results  —  Earlier this month, we caught Google testing a form of knowledge graph data within the search results snippet.  This feature is now officially being confirmed by Google on the Google Research Blog.
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?

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