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New York Times: Hotels Fight Back Against Sites Like Expedia and Priceline  —  For years, travelers have been drawn to online sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and Priceline to find and reserve hotel rooms, flights and rental cars.  —  Hotels welcomed the system — or at least learned to live with it …

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch: Nest's Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen  —  Back in June, Nest overhauled just about every product they make... save for one curious exception: the smart thermostat that most know them for best.  —  Two months later, Nest's thermostat is getting an upgrade of its own.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Amazon Lets Apple, Android Users Download Prime Videos  —  Amazon's Prime Video is a lot like Netflix: Both of the video streaming services have a lot of old TV shows, some old movies, and some new stuff the companies make themselves.  —  Now Amazon gets to boast that it has something Netflix doesn't have …

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Google Here project enabling third parties to send proximity based Maps alerts via beacons was killed due to privacy concerns, doubts about demand  —  Google shut down a secret Google Maps project called ‘Google Here’  —  Google GOOG was set to launch a new product that added context to one of its most successful apps, Google Maps.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: European Payments Power Klarna Launches in the U.S. With Overstock.com as a Customer  —  Klarna has become a household name in Northern Europe.  Now it'll try to do the same in the U.S.  —  The Sweden-based payments company, which gives online shoppers nearly a month to pay off their web purchases …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL  —  PayPal today is launching a new take on peer-to-peer payments with the debut of a platform it's calling PayPal.Me.  For the first time, PayPal customers will be able to set up their own user profiles …

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Sam Byford / The Verge: Sony using its crowdsourcing platform for Wena smartwatch; has analog face with electronics in wristband, available in Japan for iOS March 2016 from ¥34,800  —  Sony is crowdfunding this premium smartwatch  —  The latest product to hit First Flight, Sony's own crowdfunding platform in Japan …

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Mark Scott / New York Times: European Firms Team Up to Target Google in Civil Lawsuits  —  Google already faces antitrust charges from Europe's competition authorities.  —  Now, the American search giant may be the target of a series of new civil lawsuits that claim Google abused its market dominance to favor its own services over those of its rivals.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Everything announced at VMworld 2015 so far  —  Enterprise software vendor VMware kicked off its big annual VMworld conference in San Francisco today with several news announcements, from new open-source tools to a new “intelligent automation engine” for making the best use of companies' data center equipment.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Messaging Firm Line Introduces A Launcher App For Android Devices  —  Line, the Japanese messaging company, has continued its flurry of new app and service launches after it released an Android launcher app.  —  Launcher apps essentially take central control of an Android device …

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Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo: Ashley Madison created 70K female bots which sent fake messages to 20M of 31M men in the database; 11M of them were chatted up by automatic ‘engagers’  —  Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots  —  After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week …

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Re/code: A breakdown of Silicon Valley's donations to 2016 presidential candidates: who is giving, who is receiving, and how much  —  Which Presidential Candidate Is Winning the Tech Money Race?  —  It is becoming clear that the road to the White House in 2016 leads straight through Silicon Valley.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS  —  Google+ Collections, the company's effort at establishing its Google+ social network as more of a Pinterest competitor (since taking on Facebook didn't go so well), has launched today in the iOS version of the Google+ app.

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pleads guilty to theft of $820K in bitcoin during Silk Road investigation  —  Secret Service agent pleads guilty to stealing money from Silk Road dealers  —  Agent also gets electronic monitoring after an attempt to adopt a “very odd” name.

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety: Sources: Apple escalates talks with Hollywood execs, seeking to have development and production teams ready by 2016 to compete with Netflix  —  Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving …

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Kellex / Droid Life: Samsung announces Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches with round 1.2-inch Super AMOLED displays, 1.0GHz dual-core processors, running Tizen OS  —  Samsung Officially Announces Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, With NFC Mobile Payments, and More  —  Samsung just made its new round smartwatches …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Twitter is testing new photo and video editing tools with stickers, doodles, text, and more  —  Twitter Is Testing Funky New Photo And Video Editing Tools  —  It looks like Twitter is planning to give its users a lot more creativity in the photo and video department soon.

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Wall Street Journal: Russian regulators say they won't check until 2016 whether Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others have complied with local data storage law in effect on Sept. 1  —  Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms  —  Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting …

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Source: LG Nexus will come with Snapdragon 808, 5.2" 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 2700mAh Battery, USB-C, more  —  Source: New “Nexus 5” By LG Will Feature Snapdragon 808, 5.2" 1080p Display, 3GB RAM, 2700mAh Battery, USB-C, And More  —  We've received information from a reliable source detailing …

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Wall Street Journal: Apple and Cisco partner to optimize enterprise networks using Cisco hardware, creating a “fast lane” for iOS devices and apps  —  Apple, Cisco Unveil Business Partnership  —  Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. are teaming up to help bring more iPhones and iPads to business users.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: KeyRaider malware infecting jailbroken iPhones stole over 225K valid Apple account logins, thousands of certificates, private keys, and purchasing receipts  —  Malware infecting jailbroken iPhones stole 225,000 Apple account logins  —  Some targeted phones also held for ransom, researchers say.

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Los Angeles Times: China and Russia cross-referencing data from OPM, Anthem, other hacks to identify US spies; at least one support network for US spies compromised  —  China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies, officials say  —  Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple TV 4: Gaming and Siri will be major focuses, expect Bluetooth game controllers + enhanced wireless  —  New Apple TV will look similar, but thicker (image via Michael Steeber)  —  Although iOS devices and the App Store have transformed the handheld gaming market, the first three Apple TV generations …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: Hit Video Messaging App Dubsmash Raises $5.5 Million Led by Index Ventures  —  Dubsmash, a roughly two-year-old, 15-person, Berlin-based startup whose video messaging app lets users create and share dubbed “selfie” videos (you choose a famous audio clip, then record yourself lip-syncing the words or lyrics) …

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Renders of next generation Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport leak  —  New renders show ‘Moto 360 Sport,’ purportedly coming in November  —  The Moto 360 is set to get a complete refresh at IFA later this week, and up to this point we've only seen what look to be two variants of the device.

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