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September 9, 2016, 8:10 AM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Stale aesthetics, generic design, and absence of delight from its recent products are a threat to Apple's long-term reputation  —  Forget about the headphone jack for a second.  —  Sure, it's pretty annoying that Apple's newest iPhones — the 7 and 7 Plus, which were unveiled in San Francisco …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
As Belkin debuts $40 “Lightning Audio + Charge” dongle for iPhone 7, Apple's Phil Schiller recommends $49 Lightning Dock for simultaneous charging and listening  —  Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ship without a headphone jack, requiring customers to use either Bluetooth or Lightning-equipped headphones.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's AirPods use Bluetooth, can be manually paired to any non-Apple device with pairing button on capsule  —  Susie Ochs, Macworld: … My experience as well.  I don't mind Apple's wired ear buds, but the AirPods feel better and fit better. … It's true that the special pairing magic …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Killing the headphone jack is a business decision that helps Bluetooth headphone companies, where Apple's Beats is the market leader  —  Fun fact: Apple owns the #1 wireless headphone company  —  If you take Apple's word for it, removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 was a pure expression …
Julia Love / Reuters:
Julia Carrie Wong / Guardian:
Facebook criticized by Norway's largest newspaper in front-page letter, for deleting iconic photo of nude “napam girl” from Vietnam War  —  Norway's largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company's decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
White House names retired Air Force Brigadier General Gregory Touhill as first chief information security officer  —  Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Gregory Touhill just got a promotion.  —  The White House has named Touhill as the first ever federal chief information security officer …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google Photos for iOS updated with image stabilization and sharing to non-iOS devices for Live Photos  —  Google today said that it has updated its Google Photos app for iOS with the image stabilization technology that it first implemented in the Motion Stills iOS app it released earlier this year.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC revises plan to open up set-top boxes, proposes free searchable apps be created by pay-TV providers for platforms that ship 5M units/year in US  —  The Federal Communications Commission is making huge changes to its plan to overhaul cable boxes, scrapping much of the initial idea in favor of having cable companies make new apps.
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.
Sara Torti / Google Lat Long:
Google adds Lyft and Gett ride hailing options to Maps in the US  —  Back in March, we introduced a new way for people to find and compare the fastest ways to get around town by adding a new ride services tab when searching for directions in Google Maps.  Today, we're adding two more partners in the U.S., Lyft and Gett.
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.
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
BBC:
FAA advises airline passengers to turn off and not charge Galaxy Note7 phones on planes as Virgin and Qantas ban them from being used in-flight in Australia  —  Airline passengers have been warned by US authorities not to switch on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when travelling.

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