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September 8, 2016, 12:40 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:
Apple AirPods hands-on: stay securely in place, feel more comfortable to wear than EarPods, auto-pausing effect works well  —  I really thought I'd hate the AirPods, but guess what?  They rock!  —  I didn't want to like the AirPods, I really didn't.  But in the hands-on area …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
Matt Peckham / TIME:
Interview with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto on Super Mario Run and why Nintendo is bringing its game to iOS first  —  Super Mario on mobile devices seemed inevitable, but I'm not sure anyone expected the official unveiling to helm an Apple event.  Sure enough, in the lead up to Apple's …
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.
Andrew Dalton / Engadget:
Apple silently discontinues the gold Apple Watch Edition, which retailed for $10K+  —  With today's launch of the Apple Watch Series 2, Tim Cook and company added the sleek new Ceramic Edition, but quietly did away with the more ostentatious, solid 18-karat gold version.

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Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
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