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September 20, 2017, 9:35 AM

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Financial Times:
Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products  —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time …
Kellen / Droid Life:
Renders leak of “Google Home Mini” in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors; source says it will cost $49  —  When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too.
Kellen / Droid Life:
Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen  —  As we noted in our earlier Google Home Mini reveal, a report from a couple of weeks back had actually suggested that Google would soon release a smaller Home unit.
Kellen / Droid Life:
Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in “Kinda Blue”, White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749  —  Wrapping up here, because we don't want anyone feeling left out, here is the HTC-made Pixel 2.  From what we can tell, it'll arrive in three colorways …
Kellen / Droid Life:
Renders of back of LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL in “Black & White” and “Just Black” leak; source says it will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB  —  Alright fine, no more playing around.  Here is the Pixel 2 XL (official name) in two colorways.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming yet, battery drain with LTE, and unreliable Siri  —  You should still call me on my cellphone  —  How much are you willing to pay for a gadget that offers intermittent convenience?
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Watch Series 3 review: untethered experience is enjoyable, but has short battery life and connectivity problems in two different states on two carriers  —  A cellular connection unshackles the Watch from your iPhone—but not for long, with short battery life and intermittent connections
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement”, amid rumors of an acquisition by Google  —  All eyes on Google  —  HTC, one of Taiwan's premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem …
Bloomberg:
Toshiba agrees to sell memory chip unit to group led by Bain Capital for $18B; sources say Apple played a crucial role in swinging momentum to the Bain offer  —  Toshiba Corp.'s board has agreed to sell its flash memory chip unit to a group led by Bain Capital for 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) …
More: Reuters
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches redesigned App Store as part of iOS 11 launch, with Today section including daily features, tips, and dev interviews  —  Apple today is releasing its completely redesigned iOS App Store to the wider public as part of the launch of the new iOS 11 operating system.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Twitter removed 300K terror-related accounts in first half of 2017, a 20% decline from previous six months, with 75% suspended before posting first tweet  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015  —  Hugh Johnston, Pepsi's CFO, is leaving Twitter's board.  —  Twitter has added another longtime Google executive to its board of directors: Patrick Pichette …
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered  —  Dat glasss.  —  There's a lot that's still the same as last year's 7:  —  * The screen size and resolution  —  * Its water- and dust- resistance

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