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September 17, 2015, 2:55 PM

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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 $50 7" Fire tablet, available in a six-pack for $250, and updated versions of Fire HD 8, HD 10, Kids Edition tablets, all shipping in October  —  Amazon introduces a slew of cheap tablets starting at $50, upgraded Fire TV  —  New devices include a bargain basement 7-inch tablet, as predicted.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Independent publishers are collateral damage in the war over ad revenues between Google, Apple, and Facebook  —  Welcome to hell: Apple vs Google vs Facebook and the slow death of the web  —  So let's talk about ad blocking.  —  You might think the conversation about ad blocking …
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 …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
T-Mobile and Sprint to Start Selling Apple Watch on September 25  —  While T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced last week that the carrier would begin selling the Apple Watch he did not provide a specific release date.  MacRumors has learned that T-Mobile will begin selling the Apple Watch on September 25.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Software needed to run every Google internet service 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 …
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:
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.
More: TechSpot and BGR
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Website-to-app converter platform DWNLD raises $12M Series A round led by Greylock Partners  —  DWNLD, The Easy-Bake Oven For Apps, Picks Up $12M In Series A  —  DWNLD, the publishing platform that takes any website and seamlessly turns it into an app, has today announced the close …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Carly Fiorina's record as CEO at HP assailed during second Republican debate  —  Trump and Fiorina pummel each other over business record  —  The two CEOs on the Republican debate stage — Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina — took turns thrashing each other's business records …
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 …
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