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September 24, 2014, 7:10 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 after users report major problems with update  —  The new update is reportedly killing cell reception and Touch ID  —  One week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple released its first update for the new OS — iOS 8.0.1 — on Wednesday afternoon.
Reuters:
Amazon to invest $55M in its Silicon Valley-based hardware unit Lab126 to develop smart home gadgets and wearables  —  Exclusive: Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
BlackBerry Passport review: good display and battery life, but inefficient keyboard with clumsy software  —  BlackBerry Passport review  —  Getting stuff done or getting in the way?  —  “BlackBerry is still around?”  —  I've heard that question quite often the past few weeks, as I've been using the BlackBerry Passport.
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
Blackberry Passport: 4.5 inch square display, touch physical keyboard, available today for $599 unlocked  —  Blackberry Passport: 4.5in square display, touch-enabled physical keyboard, $599 unlocked on AT&T  —  To say that BlackBerry has had a rough go of it over the past few years would be an understatement.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Convicted black hat hacker Kevin Mitnick now selling zero-day exploits, starting at $100K  —  Kevin Mitnick, Once the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits  —  As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world's most notorious black hat hacker, breaking into the networks …
More: EngadgetTweets: @netik and @evacide
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Unix/Linux Bash: Critical security hole uncovered  —  Summary: The popular Linux and Unix shell has a serious security problem that means real trouble for many web servers.  Fortunately, a patch — as source code — is available.  —  Bash, aka the Bourne-Again Shell, has a newly discovered security hole.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
HotelTonight moving past same-day model to include 7-day advance booking as competition grows  —  HotelTonight Pivots Beyond Same-Day Booking As Competition Heats Up  —  HotelTonight is planning a major shift to its business model, moving from its same-day booking model to a more flexible offering of seven-day advance booking.
More: VatorNews and Skift
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
Online survey company Qualtrics raises $150M at valuation exceeding $1B from Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia, and Accel  —  How an Online Survey Company Joined the $1 Billion Club  —  The business of making software for online surveys is pretty easy to understand: You find people …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon launches #AmazonWishList, now you can add products to your Wish List by tweeting  —  Twitter has long been evolving as a vital cog in the global e-commerce wheel, and now Amazon is turning to the social network to make it easier to add items to your Amazon Wish List.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Comcast accuses Time Warner merger opponents Netflix, Discovery, and others of “extortion”  —  Comcast Accuses Time Warner Cable Deal Opponents of “Extortion”  —  Netflix, Discovery Communications and other companies opposing Comcast's $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Bezos-Backed Pro.com Raises Another $14 Million to Help Renovate Your Home  —  Fern leaf green, the color of the walls in my living room, started to look dated ages ago.  The baseboards need retouching, and there's a hole in the drywall near the front door, where movers once mishandled a sofa.
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Adobe to shutter China R&D by December due to hostile government, layoffs of 300 expected  —  Adobe to shut China R&D as sour business climate bites  —  (Reuters) - Computer software maker Adobe Systems Inc will shut its Chinese research and development arm, as U.S. technology firms face …
John Callaham / Android Central:
Samsung Gear S coming to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for fall launch  —  Following up on its reveal in late August, Samsung has now announced that its upcoming Tizen-based smartwatch, the Gear S, will go on sale later this fall at the top four US wireless carriers.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
HTC video released ahead of Oct. 8 event shows underwater shots, suggests GoPro-like camera  —  HTC Teases ‘Something Remarkable’ For Its NYC Event On October 8th, ‘RE Camera’ Looks Like A Possible Name  —  Bloomberg is convinced that HTC's New York City event next month will be host to a new GoPro-style action camera.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Its Audacity Undiminished, Udacity Raises $35 Million To Train A New Generation of Developers  —  As its push to transform education through technology begins to show results, massively open online course provider Udacity is announcing a fresh $35 million financing from a global group of investors to take its vision worldwide.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Karma Rolls Out An LTE Version Of Its Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Hotspot, Pre-Order For $99  —  Karma, makers of the small, portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you pay-as-you-go, contract free, for the data you use ($14/1 GB), is now accepting pre-orders for its latest device, the Karma Go portable LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

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