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August 13, 2015, 3:45 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 5 available August 21 with 5.7" quad HD display, 4GB RAM, 16MP camera, refined design and materials  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is official and will be available on August 21st  —  Samsung is officially taking the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 5 today, the latest in its flagship line of Note phablets.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Samsung announces slightly larger variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Edge+, with 5.7" display  —  Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge+ is bigger and smarter  —  Samsung released two phones in March that featured some radical shifts in design philosophy: the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung announces hardware keyboard that snaps onto the screen of Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+  —  Samsung resurrects the dream of a hardware keyboard  —  If there's one thing that's missed more than anything else in today's smartphones, it might be the hardware keyboard.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung teases Gear S2 circular smartwatch to be unveiled on September 3  —  Here is the first look at Samsung's new Gear smartwatch, coming next month  —  Samsung's big news today was two big phones, but it has even more tech to come shortly: a new smartwatch that's going to be unveiled next month.
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 10 Support  —  Apple today released an update to Boot Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10, according to a new support document.  The update, Boot Camp 6, is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X. However, several MacRumors forum members …
Allison Pohle / Boston.com:
Facebook rescinded Harvard student's internship after he revealed privacy flaw, created Chrome extension to map people's locations when they used Messenger  —  Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws  —  Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna …
Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi announces new flagship Redmi Note 2: Octa-core and full HD for $124  —  Just days after releasing its last new phone, Xiaomi has announced yet another device with competitive specs at a very disruptive price point.  Xiaomi calls it ‘the new monster’ and for good reason.
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Google's NASA relationship lets it test 100-mph, 55-lb Project Wing drones in US as high as 400 feet over private land  —  Google is testing drones in US airspace by piggybacking on Nasa exemption  —  Documents show the tech company has skirted regulations for private firms for a year …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Group commerce website Massdrop raises $40M Series B led by August Capital  —  Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Raises $40M  —  Massdrop is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The company focuses on what it calls “community-driven commerce.”
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Tinder Founder Sean Rad Returns as CEO, Replacing Chris Payne  —  Sean Rad, the co-founder of Tinder, who was replaced as CEO in March, is returning to the job.  —  As part of the move, Chris Payne — the former eBay and Microsoft exec who was hired in March to give the company more experienced management — is leaving.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
One Google Stagefright patch made phones vulnerable to system crashes; second patch issued  —  Android's Stagefright bug will live on for longer than we thought  —  The patch process for Android's Stagefright vulnerability hasn't gone quite as smoothly as Google hoped.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Parse Open-Sources All Of Its SDKs  —  Parse, the backend platform for apps Facebook acquired back in 2013, today announced that it will open source all of its software development kits (SDKs).  The Parse SDKs for iOS, Android and OS X are available on GitHub now …

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