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September 8, 2016, 4:10 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple execs Greg Joswiak, Dan Riccio, Phil Schiller on why audio jack was ditched: space for camera tech, processors, battery, and to improve water resistance  —  Apple VP Greg Joswiak is grinning as he holds up what is easily the smallest iPhone adapter I have ever seen. iPod white …
Susie Ochs / Macworld:
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google to acquire API management provider Apigee for $625 million  —  Google has announced plans to acquire Apigee, a company that offers software for predictive analytics and management of application programming interfaces (APIs).  —  Google will pay $17.40 per share in cash to acquire the company …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter adds read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews to Direct Messages  —  Twitter rolled out an update to its service this morning that aims to make the social app more competitive with mobile messaging clients, including the recently upgraded iMessage arriving in iOS 10.
Emily Schechter / Google Online Security Blog:
Chrome will start marking HTTP pages with password and credit card form fields as non-secure in January 2017  —  To help users browse the web safely, Chrome indicates connection security with an icon in the address bar.  Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labelled HTTP connections as non-secure.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft to host hardware event in late October to announce Surface all-in-one PC codenamed “Cardinal”; updated Surface Book, Pro expected next year  —  Microsoft's late October Fall hardware launch this year may be as much about its partners' Windows 10 devices …
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Alphabet and Chipotle partner on Project Wing, an FAA-approved, experimental service that delivers burritos by drone to Virginia Tech students on campus  —  Most extensive U.S. trial of deliveries starting this month  —  Chipotle, Virginia Tech cooperating in FAA-approved test
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Fire HD 8 gets upgraded with Alexa integration, larger battery, more RAM and storage, starting at $90, available for preorder today, ships September 21  —  If I were Amazon, I would definitely lead with the whole $90 bit.  Granted, there are a few key upgrades to talk about here …
Eben Upton / Raspberry Pi:
Raspberry Pi passes 10M in sales in four and a half years, launches Starter Kit with select peripherals and accessories for £99 plus tax  —  When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google's think tank Jigsaw develops program to dissuade aspiring ISIS recruits by redirecting them away from propaganda; 300K people averted in two-month pilot  —  Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Airbnb says it will institute a new nondiscrimination policy, ask users to agree to a “community commitment”, and test reducing the prominence of user photos  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb introduced several changes on Thursday to combat discrimination in its short-term rental policy …
Julia Love / Reuters:
Apple will not announce first-weekend sales of iPhone 7, says they're more a reflection of supply than demand, and no longer a representative metric  —  Apple Inc will not release first-weekend sales of the newly announced iPhone 7, a spokeswoman for the company said.
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