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September 25, 2015, 2:05 PM

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David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
Google Said to Be Under U.S. Antitrust Scrutiny Over Android  —  New FTC inquiry comes years after it closed search-engine case  —  Lingering skepticism meets probe over access to phone platform  —  Google Inc. is back under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as officials ask whether …
iFixit:
iPhone 6s teardown reveals smaller 1715 mAh battery, 3D Touch display, x-ray view of Taptic Engine  —  iPhone 6s Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  In Progress  —  This guide is a work in progress.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
GCHQ debuted a program called Karma Police seven years ago to track the browsing habits and communications of “every visible user on the Internet”  —  From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users' Online Identities  —  THERE WAS A SIMPLE AIM at the heart of the top-secret program …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
BlackBerry confirms “Priv” Android phone will launch at the end of 2015, posts weak Q2 earnings with loss of 13 cents per share  —  BlackBerry Confirms Android Plans, Posts Weaker-Than-Expected Earnings  —  BlackBerry on Friday confirmed its plans to launch an Android-based handset …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Verizon begins offering annual iPhone upgrade plan  —  Under the new arrangement, customers who buy one of Apple's newest smartphones on the monthly payment plan can get a newer iPhone model in a year.
Katherine Noyes / Computerworld:
Michigan sues HP over $49M project that's 5 years late  —  Hewlett-Packard has faced no end of financial and legal woes in recent months, and on Friday it was hit with one more: A new lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan over a $49 million project the state says is still not completed after 10 years.
Hayden Dingman / PCWorld:
Samsung and Oculus announce $99 consumer Gear VR with support for Samsung's 2015 flagship phones and a redesigned trackpad, shipping in November  —  Samsung's new Gear VR virtual reality headset only costs $99  —  And even better, the new Gear VR works with all of Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones released in 2015.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:

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