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Dennis Fisher / Threatpost: Google, Dropbox, and others launch open source security organization Simply Secure  —  NEW INITIATIVE SIMPLY SECURE AIMS TO MAKE SECURITY TOOLS EASIER TO USE  —  The dramatic revelations of large-scale government surveillance and deep penetration of the Internet by intelligence services …

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Reuters: Alibaba expected to open at $80 to $83 in trading debut  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares are expected to rally in their first day of trading on Friday as many investors that received fewer shares than they had hoped lined up orders to buy in the open market.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud Drive before Macs can  —  iCloud Drive is now available on Windows, but not OS X.  —  Apple officially released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables the “old” way of iCloud syncing …

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Signe Brewster / Gigaom: Finally: Meta begins shipping its augmented reality glasses to developers  —  The developer kit edition of Meta's glasses has come a long way since last December.  But it's clear that augmented reality is still in its infancy.  —  It's a common story: Post your product on Kickstarter …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Apple's iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans  —  Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time.  The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory …

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Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette: France's new anti-Uber law gives Taxis an unfair advantage  —  Yesterday evening, the France's National Assembly voted definitively in favor of the pro-taxi “Thévenoud law,” which imposed a certain number of restrictions and regulations on both Taxis and VTC (licensed professional drivers …

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iFixit: iPhone 6 Teardown  —  Double the iPhone, double the teardown!  With the iPhone 6 Plus laid out for inspection, we turn our attention to the smaller iPhone 6—though at 4.7", it's still a giant among iPhones.  What was so big that Apple couldn't fit it into the familiar form factor?

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David Meyer / Gigaom: Russia considering separation from global internet in ‘emergencies’, report says  —  A Friday report in Vedomosti suggests that, on 22 September, President Putin will meet with the country's security council to discuss the possibility of cutting out the foreign internet in times of strife.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets  —  PayPal Here, the company's dongle-based mobile payments solution, is now available for Android tablets, the company announced this afternoon — a move that will address a large and growing swath of the tablet market.

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Catherine Mayer / TIME: Bono says U2 and Apple working on new digital music format  —  Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You  —  The four members of the legendary Irish band tell TIME about another new album in the works—and its secret Apple project that might just save the music industry

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Sean Buckley / Engadget: Nvidia unveils new flagship GeForce GTX 980 and 970 desktop GPUs based on Maxwell architecture  —  NVIDIA's latest GPU crams 4K images on 1080p displays  —  Back in February, NVIDIA trotted out the very first desktop GPUs to feature its new Maxwell architecture: the GeForce GTX 750 and 750i.

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iFixit: iPhone 6 Teardown  —  Our friends at iExperts in Sydney pulled apart an iPhone 6 while we were working on our iPhone 6 Plus teardown. iFixit will be doing a full-blown in-house analysis with more photos soon, but in the meantime here's the inside of the iPhone 6!

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with anti-theft feature Activation Lock on by default  —  How Apple Made Your iPhone 6 Much Less Likely To Be Stolen  —  To you, your new iPhone 6 looks like a gleaming sheet of technological magic — but to a thief, it looks like a shiny, worthless brick.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: iOS 8 on iPhone 4S: cramped screen and 50% more time to do the same tasks compared to iOS 7  —  iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S: Performance isn't the (only) problem  —  The iPhone 4S.  I remember when this was the one that made my old phone feel slow.  —  iPhones have about a year to be top-of-the-line.

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iFixit: iPhone 6 Plus Teardown  —  Over the years, we've seen the iPhone evolve—and grow.  It began as just the iPhone.  Soon it learned how to 3G, it gained an S (it would lose and gain this every other year), and it even learned to read fingerprints.  Years of hard work and dedication …

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John Koller / PlayStation.Blog: PlayStation Now Open Beta Comes to PS3 Today  —  For a little more than a month, the PlayStation Now Open Beta has allowed PS4 users to quickly access and play games from a rich and expanding library of PS3 titles directly from our cloud servers, without the need to wait for game downloads, installs, or patches.

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Alex Hern / Guardian: iOS 8's 2GB download caused UK internet traffic to surge by 60%, despite slow uptake  —  iOS 8 causes bandwidth spikes nationwide, despite slow uptake  —  Apple's latest iOS 8 software drove internet to almost double its normal levels, yet fewer people have updated than iOS 7 a year earlier

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Nate Swanner / SlashGear: Pebble update adds emoji, compass, iOS 8 support  —  Pebble owners rejoice!  The quietly awesome smartwatch has been updated, bringing in a slew of great features.  A fondly remembered watch-face is back, and Pebble gets location-aware with some new compass apps and features.

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle but remains in charge  —  Larry Ellison, a Silicon Valley pioneer known as one of its most flamboyant and aggressive leaders, stepped down as CEO of Oracle Corp. on Thursday but will remain its executive chairman and chief technology officer, the Redwood City company said.

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Oracle: Oracle reports Q1 earnings of $2.2B, or 48 cents a share, on revenue of $8.6B  —  SaaS and PaaS Cloud Revenue Up 32%, Software and Cloud Revenue Up 6% to $6.6 Billion  —  Record Quarterly Operating Cash Flow Up 7% to $6.7 Billion  —  REDWOOD SHORES, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/18/14 …

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AFR: Apple head of retail Angela Ahrendts visits flagship store in Sydney as new iPhones go on sale in Australia  —  Fun, phones and fights as Apple opens the doors for iPhone 6 sales  —  Apple stores across the country opened at 8am to the customary sounds of cheers from Apple staff and rush …

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Google Maps Navigation Expands To 20 New Countries Around The World, Mostly In Africa, The Caribbean, And South America  —  I'd like to take a moment to both thank and blame Google.  Thank you, Google, for offering a free and accurate method of maps and navigation, making it easy to find almost any address quickly and precisely.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Meet Wonder.fm: We Are Hunted's co-founder is back with a new music discovery site  —  Stephen Phillips co-founded We Are Hunted and led Twitter's music efforts.  Now he's back with a new music discovery site.  —  We Are Hunted fans, take notice: The co-founder of the once-popular music discovery service …

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Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal: Apple Relied on Its Own Network for Part of the iOS 8 Upgrade  —  The roll-out of Apple 's new mobile-operating system Wednesday was the first time the company used its proprietary data distribution infrastructure, also called a content-delivery network, for such a large-scale deployment.

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Gina Hall / The Wrap: Former owner of MySpace, Brad Greenspan, sues NewsCorp, Google, and IAC, alleging collusion in 2005 sale  —  Google, NewsCorp Slapped With Lawsuit Over MySpace Sale  —  Brad Greenspan claims MySpace should have been valued at $32 billion at the time of the 2005 sale, instead of $580 million

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