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September 26, 2014, 1:00 PM

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Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple: OS X safe from Bash exploit unless users configured advanced Unix services, fix coming  —  Apple: Most OS X users safe from ‘Shellshock’ exploit, patch coming quickly for advanced Unix users  —  Apple is aware of the recently discovered bash exploit nicknamed Shellshock …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
BlackBerry CEO: 200,000 Passports ordered since launch  —  The device is already sold out on its own website and Amazon.  —  The BlackBerry Passport is off to a decent start.  —  The unusually shaped smartphone garnered 200,000 orders since its launch on Wednesday, according to CEO John Chen.
CNBC:
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
A behind-the-scenes look at Apple's iPhone testing facilities  —  Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6  —  A few blocks away from Apple's bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building.  Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you'd want to be if you were an iPhone.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fixes to cellular, touch ID issues; says only 40K iPhone 6/6+ devices affected by 8.0.1 bugs  —  Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix for Cellular Issues, Broken Touch ID  —  Apple has just released iOS 8..2, its second update to iOS 8 designed to fix major issues introduced …
Bloomberg:
Manager in charge of iOS testing was in charge of testing Maps during 2012 debacle; a look inside the team's procedures  —  Apple's IPhone Software Snafu Has Links to Flawed Maps  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s release of a software update that cut off people's ability to make calls from their iPhones …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Thom Yorke releases album via a BitTorrent Bundle in test of paid torrents, free single, $6 album  —  BitTorrent adds paygate option to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle, will take a 10% cut after fees  —  BitTorrent today announced it is adding a new paygate feature to BitTorrent Bundle …
The Huffington Post:
FBI discussed marketing of device encryption settings with Google and Apple; director says he's “very concerned”  —  FBI Director James Comey ‘Very Concerned’ About New Apple, Google Privacy Features  —  WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Slack acquires two-person bootstrapped startup Spaces, for collaborative document editing, has 60K paid users  —  Slack Buys a Collaboration Tool in First Acquisition  —  Workplace collaboration startup Slack has made its first acquisition as it prepares to compete more directly with software giants like Google and Microsoft .
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Samsung has more employees than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined  —  Samsung loves “big.”  Its phones are big, its advertising budget is big, and as you'll see below, its employee headcount is really big, too.  Samsung has more employees than Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Takes $1.5B, 20% Stake in China's Tsinghua, To Market Intel Chips with Spreadtrum  —  Confirming speculation yesterday morning by Chinese media and social networking outfit Tencent, chip giant Intel (INTC) said early Friday morning it will invest $1.5 billion for a 20% stake …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Activist investor Starboard buys stake in Yahoo, urges Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to merge with AOL  —  Activist Shareholders Go After Yahoo, Tell Marissa Mayer To Buy AOL  —  Activist investor Starboard has sent a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer urging her to combine Yahoo's business with AOL's.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo plans to close Yahoo Education, Qwiki and Directory next quarter  —  Yahoo today announced it is closing three more products: Yahoo Education, Qwiki, and Directory.  The company says the decision is part of a broader strategy to focus on its more successful projects.
More: Yahoo and VentureBeat
San Francisco Chronicle:
LA and SF district attorneys threaten Uber and Lyft with new legal action, say they're operating illegally  —  S.F., L.A. threaten Uber, Lyft, Sidecar with legal action  —  A black SUV bearing the distinctive “U” logo of the Uber ride-sharing service takes the transit lane on Geary Street …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Discounted UberX Fares Are Now Permanent In NYC  —  In spite of ongoing protests against what was introduced as a temporary summer fare cut, Uber announced the less-than-taxi UberX fares are here to stay.  —  Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters  —  This morning Uber announced that its 20% discount …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Facebook Is Partnering With Stripe to Power “Buy” Button  —  Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned.  —  The “Buy” button, which allows Facebook users to purchase goods …
Brad Chacos / PC World:
Sorry, folks: Samsung's curvaceous Galaxy Note Edge is a ‘limited edition concept’  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 phablet is barreling towards release, but amid all the talk about the phone's preorders and super-nifty Gear VR headset accessory, one question has remained unanswered …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Goodreads updates its iOS app with new home feed, streamlined navigation and improved shelving  —  Amazon's Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover  —  Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March.
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