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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft cuts 747 employees in Washington state, 2,100 worldwide  —  Microsoft cuts another 2,100 employees worldwide  —  Summary: As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying o 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18.  —  In round two of its previously …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Amazon puts a new processor in the $379 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, offers new $60 keyboard accessory  —  Amazon upgrades the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with more speed and better sound  —  A new processor, sound engine, and keyboard accessory round out the upgrades  —  Last year, Amazon completely overhauled …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon's entry-level Kindle finally has a touchscreen  —  It's also got double the storage and a faster processor, and now costs $79  —  Yes, the Kindle Voyage is unquestionably the star of tonight's announcements from Amazon.  But here's another thing that millions of people will likely …

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Quentin Hardy / New York Times: Twilio launching new MMS API which allows for video and picture messaging  —  Twilio to Send Multimedia to Phones  —  “We believe photos and videos will be ubiquitous,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio's co-founder and chief executive.  —  The cloud just covered a little more of the old tech business.

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Identity Security Firm Ping Raises $35 Million From K.K.R. and Others  —  With the news of hacking and data theft dominating headlines, there would seem to be no better time for a security software provider to raise new money.  And Ping Identity is wasting no time in collecting new funds.

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: iOS 8's mobile Safari adds support for key HTML5 standards like WebGL, IndexedDB and SPDY  —  iOS 8 brings big boost for Web programmers  —  Apple's newest operating system supports WebGL and IndexedDB, two standards that'll make websites much more capable on its mobile devices.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Twilio Adds Low-Cost, Two-Way MMS Picture Messaging To Its API Cloud  —  Twilio, the San Francisco-based company that currently works with around half a million developers to integrate text messaging, voice and VoIP services into their apps by way of a set of simple APIs …

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says  —  The world's got problems and the Google CEO is searching for solutions  —  As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: New iOS 8 Keyboard Translates Your Text Into Emojis  —  Emoji-only conversation has arrived.  —  Keymoji, a downloadable keyboard available on iOS 8, actually converts your text into emojis as you type.  Users have the option of interjecting emojis mid-sentence along with their text …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launching in US on October 17th, pre-orders start tomorrow  —  The Galaxy Note 4 will launch in the United States beginning October 17th, Samsung announced today, and pre-orders for the company's latest phablet kick off tomorrow.  AT&T has separately announced …

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: BlackBerry's latest Porsche Design smartphone is real, ridiculous  —  Well folks, the rumors and leaks were true (as usual): the heated BlackBerry/Porsche Design love affair has once again borne fruit, this in time in the form of the new Porsche Design P'9983.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform  —  Some big news today for Red Hat, the open source company that provides a platform for application development and other platform as a service solutions: It is buying FeedHenry, an Ireland-based provider of a platform …

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Tim Devaney / The Hill: New FTC rules, effective Dec. 8, require online retailers to ship goods on time or offer refund  —  New rules push Internet retailers to make quick deliveries  —  Internet retailers are facing new rules from the Federal Trade Commission requiring them to ship customers' orders …

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Nancy Gohring / GeekWire: Lost forever?  Archive Team says TwitPic is blocking photo downloads before shutdown  —  A volunteer group that saves data at risk of disappearing when web sites die says the founder of TwitPic is blocking their efforts to record photos that have been uploaded to the site.

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Todd Brix / Building Apps for Windows: Microsoft announces lifetime Dev Center registrations with one-time $19 fee for individuals  —  New Dev Center lifetime registration and benefits program  —  This month we are releasing several new features to enhance your development experience: the lifetime Dev Center account, and the new Dev Center Benefits program.

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Xinhua: iPhone 6 wins two regulatory approvals in China, still needs key network access license to launch  —  Apple iPhone 6 wins two regulatory approvals in China  —  BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — Apple Inc.'s latest smartphone iPhone 6 has won two major regulatory approvals in China …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook  —  Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding.  —  CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did …

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech: Second gen Moto X review: poor camera, battery life, and display; falls short of its peers  —  The New Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Review  —  While I talked about Motorola's issues in the launch article for the new Moto X, it's well worth repeating.  Motorola has been through a lot these past few years.

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Profile of Kevin Lynch, the VP in charge of wearable software at Apple  —  Meet Kevin Lynch, once a Flash point, now winding up Apple Watch  —  The exec, who clashed with Apple while at Adobe, now runs the team working on wearable software at Apple — a vital role as the company expands into a new business.

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Tim Cook / Apple: Tim Cook's letter on privacy takes aim at Google's business model, noting Apple doesn't monetize its users' personal information  —  A message from Tim Cook about Apple's commitment to your privacy.  —  At Apple, your trust means everything to us.  That's why we respect your privacy …

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Jessica Kwong / San Francisco Examiner: Uber and Lyft drive a 65% decline in San Francisco taxi trips between March 2012 and July 2014  —  Report says SF taxis suffering greatly  —  Just how big a hit the taxi industry has taken since app-based ride services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar rose to popularity has been quantified …

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Tony Romm / Politico: Apple execs brief Congress on new products to allay privacy and security concerns  —  Apple's health privacy pitch hits Hill  —  A week after Apple rolled out new products that track users' health and fitness, the company dispatched its executives to Capitol Hill to address emerging privacy and security concerns.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta  —  GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci has found some powerful allies for his music production storage and collaboration startup Splice, which launches its public beta and remixable music player today.

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post: With iOS 8, Apple no longer holds encryption keys, making it unable to decrypt user data for law enforcement  —  Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police  —  Apple said Wednesday night that it would no longer turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police …

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Anna Attkisson / Laptop Mag: Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Has 2-Year Replacement Offer  —  NEW YORK - Not to be outdone by the likes of kiddie-tablet makers Fuhu or competitors like Samsung, Amazon is introducing its own tablet intended for kids.  Starting at $149, the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition is 6- or 7-inches …

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