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September 25, 2014, 9:30 PM

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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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple: Bending in iPhone 6 Plus From Normal Use ‘Extremely Rare’, Only 9 Customers Have Complained  —  Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations …
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.
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 …
Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
Social network Ello, which unlike Facebook does not enforce real names, sees rapid growth amid interest from LGBT community  —  Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens  —  “You are not a product,” its manifesto declares.  It decries social networks that track and record …
Andy Baio / ello.co:
With its $435K seed funding, Ello is unlikely to sustain its “ad-free” model, and will need to turn a profit  —  Building something like Ello costs money.  They have a team of at least seven people, and have worked on it for months.  That doesn't come cheap.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Motorola Shamu (Nexus 6/X): 5.92" screen, 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 498 PPI display, 3,200 mAh battery  —  Exclusive: This is ‘Shamu,’ Motorola's upcoming Nexus 6/X  —  Yes, it looks like a Moto X. But it has a 5.9-inch screen.  And lowered volume/lock buttons.
Rachel Whetstone / Google Europe Blog:
News Corp says Google makes a platform for piracy, stifles competition, more; Google responds  —  Dear Rupert  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission complaining about Google.  We wanted to share our perspective so you can judge the arguments on their merits.
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 …
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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 …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
First attacks using Bash bug discovered in the wild, available patch only a partial fix  —  First attacks using ‘shellshock’ Bash bug discovered  —  Summary: Security researchers have found the first malware using the new Bash bug.  —  Liam Tung  —  Within a day of the Bash bug dubbed 'shellshock …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Hootsuite raises $60M at a $1B valuation, acquires Zeetl to integrate voice calls in social media  —  Hootsuite Reaches $1 Billion Valuation in Latest Funding Round  —  Hootsuite, the Vancouver-based startup known for its social media management dashboards, has raised $60 million in new venture funding, CEO Ryan Holmes told Re/code.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix subscribers stream more than 90 minutes a day globally, 45 GB of data every month  —  Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day  —  Just one more episode: All of your binge watching is adding up, to an average of 93 minutes of Netflix viewing per day …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Insteon integrates with Microsoft Cortana for voice control in the home  —  “Insteon, I'm home!”  With those words, an Insteon home automation system and a Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 handset, you could unlock your doors and turn on your lights.  —  If you have Insteon gear set up in your home …
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:
FiveStars Raises $26M to Help Small Businesses Do Loyalty Rewards … FiveStars Inc. raised $26 million to help small businesses offer loyalty rewards programs that are on par with those offered by their biggest competitors, like retail giants Starbucks and Whole Foods Market .
More: Gigaom and TechCrunch
NPD Group:
US retail PC sales grew 3% in Back-to-School period led by Macs and Chromebooks, after declining 2.5% last year  —  Apple and Chrome Boost U.S. Retail PC Back-to-School Sales  —  U.S. consumer retail PC sales grew almost 3 percent during the 10 week Back-to-School period …
More: CIO.com and TechSpot
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
DHL Paketkopter drone will deliver medications to small North Sea island beginning this week  —  DHL will do delivery-by-drone, but only for one tiny European island  —  While Netflix laughs, Amazon petitions and Google runs tests in New Zealand, DHL is about to actually launch drone delivery for its customers — sort of.

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