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September 17, 2015, 11:15 AM

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Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Amazon announces updated Fire TV with Alexa and 4K support for $100, Fire TV Stick and voice remote bundle for $50, all shipping in October  —  Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support  —  Last week Apple sucked up most of the air in the tech press with its newest gadgets …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Amazon announces new 7-inch Fire tablet for $50, available in six-pack for $250, and updated Fire HD models  —  Amazon introduces a slew of cheap tablets starting at $50, upgraded Fire TV  —  New devices include a bargain basement 7-inch tablet, as predicted.
Re/code:
Sources: Apple acquires mapping analytics and visualization startup Mapsense for $25M-$30M  —  Apple Acquires Mapsense, a Mapping Visualization Startup  —  Apple's steady stealth campaign to rival Google in maps continues apace.  This month, the company acquired Mapsense …
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Google hiring engineers, including three from Amazon's Lab126, for Project Aura, a new wearable tech initiative that builds on Glass  —  Google has hired a bunch of engineers from Amazon's Lab126 for a new wearable tech initiative called ‘Project Aura’  —  Google is working …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Marco Arment launches Peace, a $2.99 privacy-focused content blocker for iOS 9 that uses Ghostery's robust tracker database  —  Introducing Peace, my privacy-focused iOS 9 ad blocker  —  Running the Ghostery browser add-on in my Mac browsers has been illuminating:
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Pinterest discloses user numbers for the first time, says it crossed 100M monthly active users  —  Pinterest Crosses User Milestone of 100 Million  —  Pinterest said on Wednesday that it has surpassed 100 million monthly active members, in a milestone for the digital scrapbooking start-up …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple's first Android app ‘Move to iOS’ is now available in Google Play store  —  Apple's ‘Move to iOS’ app is now available on Android  —  The first Android app credited to “Apple Inc.” has arrived.  Apple's still working on Apple Music for Google's mobile OS …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Malicious Cisco router backdoor found on 79 more devices, 25 in the US  —  SYNful Knock implant appears to be much bigger than first reported, researchers say.  —  The highly clandestine attacks hitting Cisco Systems routers are much more active than previously reported.
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Cade Metz / Wired:
Software needed to run all of Google's services spans 2B lines of source code, all in a single repository available to all 25K engineers  —  Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—And It's All in One Place  —  How big is Google?  We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; many users reporting issue downloading the update  —  Apple releases iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch — here's a full walkthrough of all the new features  —  After a few months in beta, Apple has today released iOS 9 to the world …
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