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September 7, 2016, 12:05 AM

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
KGI: Apple to announce new wireless earbuds called AirPods, which will target the premium headphone market and use custom “Bluetooth-like” low-power tech  —  Apple's new wireless earbuds, expected to be announced this week as “AirPods,” are said to feature a custom-designed wireless chip …
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Sources: Microsoft working on a Slack competitor called Skype Teams; service to include threaded messages, channels, DMs, video calls, meeting scheduling, more  —  It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion.  Slack, for those unfamiliar …
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
LG unveils V20 5.7-inch phone with Android 7.0 Nougat, secondary “ticker” screen, 3200mAh removable battery, available in Korea this month, other regions later  —  LG's latest big-screened handset boasts a metal body and removable battery — along with new cameras and a secondary ticker display.
David Smith:
Indie developer maps App Store revenue from paid to ads, says advertising in his apps made up around 10% of sales in 2012 whereas now it accounts for nearly 80%  —  I've been thinking this past week (as I often do) about the ever-changing landscape of the App Store.
Emma Hinchliffe / Mashable:
Instagram kills its photo maps feature, citing low usage  —  Instagram is taking away your photo maps.  —  The photo-sharing app has begun to kill its photo map feature, with some users already seeing the option removed when visiting other profiles.  —  Instagram confirmed the changes to Mashable on Tuesday.
Ina Fried / Recode:
Intel is buying Movidius, a startup with about 180 employees that makes vision chips for drones and virtual reality  —  It's the latest in a string of acquisitions for the chip giant.  —  Intel announced late Monday that it is buying Movidius, a small chipmaker that makes computer vision processors used …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Postmates raising $100M+ led by Founders Fund with a valuation at least as high as last round  —  We're hearing from sources that Postmates, which is among a few companies that are seen as operating in the difficult on-demand space, is raising at least $100 million in a round led by Founders Fund.
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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Pinterest hires Li Fan, former head of image search at Google and VP of search at Baidu, to lead engineering  —  Pinterest announced that it has hired Li Fan as its new head of engineering, where it's likely that she'll utilize her experience in image search, infrastructure …
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