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Matt Richtel / New York Times: Katasi building tech to block calls, texts to drivers; currently stalled as Sprint reconsiders  —  Trying to Hit the Brake on Texting While Driving  —  People know they shouldn't text and drive.  Overwhelmingly, they tell pollsters that doing so is unacceptable and dangerous, and yet they do it anyway.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Apple Pay's in-app checkout option competes directly with PayPal, could pose a greater threat if Apple offers checkout button for mobile web  —  Why Apple Pay Will Hurt PayPal  —  Apple's new payment system hopes to change the way people make purchases both in stores and in apps …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: T-Mobile CEO says Sprint is “not the enemy”, applauds new CEO's efforts to “stop the bleeding”  —  T-Mobile CEO on Sprint: 'Put a fork in it.  They're done'  —  In an interview, outspoken John Legere talks about the suddenly lively Sprint as a competitor …

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Kashmir Hill / Forbes: NSA employees increasingly leave the agency to start firms like Synack, Virtru, Morta Security  —  The NSA Gives Birth To Start-Ups  —  Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has been sweating it out in the spotlight this summer for converting his spy cred into a lucrative security consulting business shortly …

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Tanya Dua / Digiday: Vimeo targets YouTube with nationwide TV spot and updated iOS app for easier mobile uploads  —  The YouTube-ification of Vimeo: Now with more baby videos  —  If you've hopped on to the New York City L train recently, chances are that you've come across a sea of blue: shrink-wrapped subway cars, plastered with Vimeo messaging.

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Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum: How Google set test parameters when it passed Nevada's exam to test self-driving cars in 2012  —  How Google's Autonomous Car Passed the First U.S. State Self-Driving Test  —  Regulations governing Google's experimental self-driving cars will come into effect on California's roads starting 16 September.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: Motorola to open pre-orders for new Moto X, restock Moto 360 on Tuesday  —  Last week, Motorola finally took the wraps off of a handful of new products.  The new Moto G and Moto 360 went on sale almost immediately, but the new Moto X was teased as being available later this month.

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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom: Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names  —  There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users

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Spiegel Online: Seeking to map the entire internet, NSA and GHCQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom networks  —  The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms  —  According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet, including end-user devices.

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Mashable: Russian social network VKontakte starts shutting down accounts that promote ISIS  —  Russia's ‘Facebook’ Cracking Down on ISIS Accounts  —  The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks  —  When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading …

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Signe Brewster / Gigaom: Airware partners with NASA to develop drone air traffic control system  —  The San Francisco startup develops hardware and software that help drones avoid collisions and safely return to their operators.  —  News broke last week that NASA is building an air traffic control system …

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Joon Ian Wong / CoinDesk: The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin's Physical Interface  —  Two years ago, Zach Harvey and his brother, Josh, were saddled with a failing guitar shop selling vintage and handmade pieces in New Hampshire.  The guitar venture had once been a roaring success, but that had been in Tel Aviv …

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Public version of Google Chrome for Mac will go exclusively 64-bit in November  —  Last month Google released a 64-bit version of the Chrome browser for OS X on its developer channel.  However, this version of the app has not yet been made available to the general public.

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z  —  Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we're hearing.

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Mat Honan / Wired: A requiem for the click wheel iPod, discontinued after almost 13 years  —  On Death and iPods: A Requiem  —  Have you ever loved a car?  Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had your very first beer and your very first kiss.

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Nick Bilton / New York Times: Steve Jobs and several other tech execs have imposed time limits on their kids' use of gadgets  —  Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent  —  When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong.

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Timothy B. Lee / Vox: Since Supreme Court's Alice decision, 11 lower court rulings have invalidated software patents  —  Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court's June ruling on the patentability of software — its first in 33 years — raised as many questions at it answered.

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Bill Rigby / Reuters: Source: Microsoft will announce $2.5B deal to buy Minecraft maker Mojang on Monday  —  Microsoft needs Minecraft to boost mobile ambitions  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft's impending purchase of Mojang, the Swedish developer with 100 million players of its open world Minecraft game …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Glympse Keyboard launches for Android to help you share your location from any app  —  Glympse has long since cemented its position as one of the most popular real-time location-sharing apps for mobile.  —  If you're new to it, it works like this: you decide which of your contacts can see where you are …

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Comcast and Liberty Global agree to share WiFi networks, opening hotspots in Europe to Comcast customers  —  Comcast and Liberty Global agree to share their Wi-Fi networks  —  Both cable operators are using crowdsourcing to build massive hotspot networks on their customers' home routers.

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Tim Cook on Charlie Rose: no plans for social networking; Apple's top competitor is Google  —  Tim Cook says Apple could have made a bigger iPhone ‘years ago’  —  Apple CEO tells Charlie Rose the company's been patient  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company could have made a larger iPhone long ago …

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New York Times: JPMorgan hack investigation finding dozens of the company's servers breached over two months; one source says SSNs and account data not stolen  —  After Breach, JPMorgan Still Seeks to Determine Extent of Attack  —  The headache caused by the attack on JPMorgan Chase's computer network this summer may not go away anytime soon.

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Don Reisinger / CNET: Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 console and game bundles for holiday season, including Blue and Kinect options  —  Big on blue?  Microsoft expands palette with new Xbox 360 bundle  —  The $249 bundle includes two games, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and a free month of Xbox Live Gold.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Accessory makers hit delays as iPhone 6 production eats up Lightning connector supplies  —  Record shipments of Apple's new iPhone 6 models unveiled this week might mean more headaches for companies building accessories with Apple's Lightning connectors.  Several sources tell us in the lead …

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Juliet Williams / Associated Press: Tim Draper's ‘Six Californias’ initiative fails to qualify for 2016 ballot  —  ‘SIX CALIFORNIAS’ INITIATIVE FAILS FOR 2016 BALLOT … SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A ballot initiative that would have asked voters to split California into six separate states failed to qualify …

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