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September 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Pebble debuts Pebble Time Round, its first round smartwatch, with slim 7.5mm design, arriving in November for $249, available to preorder today  —  Pebble introduces its first round smartwatch  —  Take a look around at the watches on people's wrists.  It doesn't take long to notice a trend: the vast majority of them are round.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
E-book sales fell 10% in first five months of 2015, while print books and bookstores are showing resilience  —  The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead  —  Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:
Microsoft partners with Baidu to create local Windows 10 experience in China; Baidu will be homepage and provide search in Microsoft Edge  —  Windows 10 in China  —  China is a global epicenter for innovation and as we shared back in March at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in Shenzhen …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
OPM now reports 5.6M federal employees' fingerprints stolen in breach, up from 1.1M  —  OPM Now Admits 5.6m Feds' Fingerprints Were Stolen By Hackers  —  When hackers steal your password, you change it.  When hackers steal your fingerprints, they've got an unchangeable credential that lets them spoof your identity for life.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook works with Oculus to roll out 360-degree videos in News Feed, launching today with six partners including Star Wars, Vice, and SNL  —  Facebook brings 360-degree video to the News Feed with help from Oculus  —  For the first time, Facebook has collaborated with its Oculus division …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Moto 360 second gen review: compact design, improved speed, and better battery life than Moto 360, but inaccurate heart monitor and little new technology  —  The second generation Moto 360—a beautiful, compact design without much new tech  —  Review: It doesn't move the needle much, but design is what really matters in wearables.
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Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Khan Academy's Android App Is Out Of Beta And Available To Everyone  —  It's been merely a week since the official Khan Academy app was made available in Beta on Android.  Now the app is ready to graduate to be visible to everyone on the Play Store, not just those that joined the Google+ beta community.
David Pierce / Wired:
Keyboard apps are becoming more capable by adding new functionality, like search, emoji, and more  —  Super-Smart Apps Are Invading Our Keyboards  —  The origin story of the QWERTY keyboard layout is a very particular, very nerdy sort of mythology.  There was a guy with a typewriter patent in the 1800s …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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