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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook: Over 1B people used Facebook on Monday for the first time in the company's history  —  We just passed an important milestone.  For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.  —  On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.

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Biz Carson / Business Insider: Co-founder Garrett Camp buying back majority share in StumbleUpon, which has downsized as it struggled to compete with other social sharing sites  —  Uber cofounder is taking over stumbling social media company StumbleUpon  —  Content discovery site StumbleUpon is ready for a change, according to the site's cofounder Garrett Camp.

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Sam Grobart / Bloomberg Business: How price-insensitive customers and lack of options allowed Gogo to thrive as a business despite deteriorating data speeds and increasing fees  —  Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies  —  In the fall of 2008, Louis C.K. was a guest on Late Night …

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CNBC: Apple Pay now works with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader serving 300K US locations, and the next version of the reader to be sold exclusively in Apple Stores  —  Apple, and the war over your wallet  —  CNBC's Josh Lipton speaks with Jennifer Bailey, Apple Pay Vice President, about the latest developments of Apple Pay.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold rather than Pink, lack sapphire, and have renamed Force Touch  —  Earlier this year, reports began to suggest that Apple would launch the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in an additional color beyond the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold options …

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Rexly Peñaflorida / Tom's Hardware: Alienware Updates X51 Desktop, Gaming Laptops; Reveals First G-Sync Monitor  —  Recently, Alienware brought back its massive Alienware 18 gaming laptop.  Little did we know, it was the opening salvo for more news, as the company is presenting four updated systems, as well as two new monitors, at PAX Prime in Seattle.

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Airbnb Appoints Chris Lehane, Former Adviser to Bill Clinton, as Head of Policy  —  For years, Chris Lehane has known how to wage political war inside the Beltway.  More recently, he's been focused on fighting political battles from inside of Silicon Valley.  —  Now, Mr. Lehane is going tech full-time.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon  —  Samsung Pay will formally launch in the United States late next month, but if you want to try it before that, there's now a beta you can register for.  It's open to anyone who owns a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ on all major carriers except for Verizon.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Facebook tests a video matching tool with select partners that finds clips uploaded without owner's permission  —  Facebook Says It's Finally Ready to Start Cracking Down on Video Pirates  —  A year after it started making a big push into video, Facebook is acknowledging it has a video piracy problem.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Square launches Appointments iOS app, an extension of its online booking system that doesn't require users to process payments with Square  —  Square rolls out Appointments app to streamline bookings for SMBs  —  The app is available for iOS and does not require users to process payments with Square.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying  —  While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don't expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage.

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Ariha Setalvad / The Verge: You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram  —  Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as I did last year, and you'll see tourists contorting themselves to try and fit the length of the monument into Instagram's iconic square frame.  Even after Instagram began letting …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Line scraps Tokyo and New York IPO plans as it struggles to expand outside Japan  —  Line Scraps IPO Plans  —  Plans to list Line Corp., owner of the Line smartphone-messaging app—hugely popular in Japan but struggling to expand elsewhere—have been put off for the second straight year.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple invites media to event on September 9 at 10am PT at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with the tagline “Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint”  —  Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: ‘Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint’  —  As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold …

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Chinese Drone Startup Yuneec Grabs $60M In Funding From Intel  —  A second Chinese drone startup has disclosed major funding this week.  Intel announced it put $60 million into Shanghai-based Yuneec, just two days after rival EHANG publicized a $42 million Series B.

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Mark Scott / New York Times: Google Denies Europe's Antitrust Accusations  —  Google on Thursday rejected claims from the European Union's top antitrust official that the company favored some of its own search results over those of rivals, saying there was significant competition in the region's online search market …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iPhone 6S camera: 12 megapixel photos, 4K video recording, flash for selfies  —  One of the marquee upgrades to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be a major revamp to the camera system.  For the first time since the iPhone 4S launch in 2011, the iPhone camera's megapixel count will be upgraded …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iPhone 6S will animate UI with Apple Watch-like Motion wallpapers  —  Apple is preparing to bring some motion from the Apple Watch to the iPhone 6S.  One of the new device's differentiators over its predecessor will likely be a spiced up set of animated wallpapers, according to three sources …

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Reuters: Sources: Uber China closes $1B round, valuing the unit at $7B  —  Uber China closes $1 billion fundraising round: sources  —  Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] China arm has closed its $1 billion fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of the matter …

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times: In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump as Demand Surges  —  During a Tuesday-morning flight in April from Los Angeles to New York, Christine Lu's smartphone web browser loaded an unpleasant surprise: Gogo, the in-flight Wi-Fi provider, wanted to charge her $27 to use its service during the five-and-a-half-hour trip.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Pushbullet's file sharing app Portal now available for iPhone; allows transfer of files from computer to iOS over WiFi  —  Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive  —  Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via …

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Ronda Scott / Evernote Blog: Evernote Food apps for iOS and Android to be retired September 30  —  Evernote to end support for Evernote Food apps  —  Two years ago, we created Evernote Food to help people chronicle the universal experience of enjoying great food.  Food's most popular features were clipping recipes and snapping photos of meals.

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IDC: IDC: In Q2, Apple Watch shipped 3.6M units with 19.9% market share, just behind Fitbit with 4.4M units for 24.3% market share  —  Apple Debuts at the Number Two Spot as the Worldwide Wearables Market Grows 223.2% in 2Q15, Says IDC  —  In its first appearance in the wearables market …

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ZEIT ONLINE: Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV got XKeyscore software from NSA in exchange for German surveillance data  —  A Dubious Deal with the NSA  —  Internal documents show that Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, received the coveted software program XKeyscore from the NSA - and promised data from Germany in return.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google's Container Engine For Running Docker Containers On Its Cloud Platform Is Now Generally Available  —  Google's Container Engine, its service for running and managing Docker containers on its cloud platform using its open source Kubernetes system, is now out of beta and generally available.

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