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September 25, 2015, 5:35 PM

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David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
FTC has launched an inquiry into Google's Android business over antitrust concerns  —  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
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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Atlassian has filed for a US IPO; the software-tool maker is valued at over $3B privately  —  Australian Software-Tools Maker Atlassian Planning U.S. IPO  —  Company is valued at over $3 billion privately and expects to debut on U.S. markets by year-end  —  At least one more billion-dollar startup …
Fortune:
Sources: Square to file for IPO in the next two weeks  —  Payments startup Square plans to file an S-1 document for its initial public offering within the next two weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.  —  The San Francisco-based company earlier this summer submitted …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: YouTube finalizing plans to bundle Music Key and ad-free videos for $10/month, could launch at end of October  —  YouTube Is Prepping Its Subscription Launch: Two Services, One Price  —  YouTube, which spent the first 10 years of its life as a free service, is getting ready to start selling tickets.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Forcing suspects to reveal phone passwords is unconstitutional, court says  —  Demanding “personal thought processes” amounts to compelled self incrimination.  —  The Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination would be breached if two insider trading suspects were forced …
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.
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.

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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.
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