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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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Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven: Y Combinator has funded over 940 companies so far, eight of which have a valuation over $1B  —  YC stats  —  We get asked (a lot) for statistics on the YC portfolio about valuation and fundraising.  Although these are very imperfect indicators of success, here they are.

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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple: TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business  —  In February we posted a detailed report titled “TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets.”  The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name …

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South China Morning Post: China targets Astrill and other anti-censorship VPNs ahead of celebration marking the 70th anniversary of end of WWII  —  VPN down: China goes after Astrill, other anti-censorship apps in run up to WW2 anniversary parade  —  Jump to Navigation  —  Main menu

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Leaked images reveal Microsoft's 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch 950XL, to launch in October  —  Leaked images reveal Microsoft's new flagship Lumia phones  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch two new Lumia flagship devices at an event in October.  While we've seen some images emerge along …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers  —  Simon Khalaf, Yahoo's senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers.  He made the announcements on-stage …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Amazon to Launch Prime Instant Video in Japan, Taking on Netflix  —  Amazon.com will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan next month — adding the streaming service for no extra cost to members of the free-shipping program — in a challenge to Netflix, set to launch Sept. 2 in the country.

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Roberto Baldwin / Engadget: Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley unveils two sub-$200 Android Obi smartphones for Asia, Africa, and Middle East markets, will be available October  —  Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches a line of stylish smartphones  —  Like most consumer items, the lower the price point of a phone, the less exciting the design.

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