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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Aim of Amazon's in-store payment system may be to allow brick and mortar shops to sell on Amazon's online store  —  Predicting Amazon's Secret Plans in Physical Retail  —  The recent launch of Amazon's in-store credit card reader and checkout software was one of Jeff Bezos' most deliberate acts …

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: OnBeep raises $6.25 million to create a Star Trek-style communicator device  —  OnBeep, a San Francisco startup founded by Chef co-founder and former Amazon Availability Program Manager Jesse Robbins, has raised a series A funding round worth $6.25 million.  The money will be used to fund …

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Nellie Bowles / Re/code: YC's Jessica Livingston Was Hit On by a VC on the Way to This Interview  —  When Jessica Livingston, a co-founder of the influential startup accelerator Y Combinator, arrived at The Wine Room in Palo Alto, Calif., a little early for our meeting, a man who was also waiting outside the wine bar started to chat her up.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: N3twork becomes a video discovery app for Apple TV with unique AirPlay remote functionality  —  A Video Startup Teaches Apple TV Some New Tricks  —  Remember when AirPlay was going to be a big deal?  —  AirPlay is Apple's system for beaming stuff from users' phones, tablets and laptops to Apple TVs, and then onto actual TV sets.

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Free of universal coverage requirements, ISPs like Google build to demand, leaving some behind  —  Google Fuels Internet Access, Plus Debate  —  Google Provides Neighborhoods With Faster, Cheaper Service, but Are Some Being Left Behind?

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The Inquisitr News: Playstation Network Attacked Along With Battle.Net, Services Brought Down [Updated]  —  Sony's PlayStation Network came under a DDoS attack early Sunday morning along with other gaming services like Blizzard's Battle.net and League of Legends.  The latter are back up and running …

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Cat Zakrzewski / TechCrunch: Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services  —  Wells Fargo on Wednesday announced the launch of its first accelerator program, which will provide funding and mentorship to young companies aiming to pioneer new financial services technology.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Kreyos smartwatch ships to some Indiegogo backers 9 months late, and containing numerous flaws  —  Utter Failure Of Kreyos Smartwatch With $1.5 Million In Backing Shows The Continued Perils Of Hardware Crowdfunding  —  Crowdfunding complex hardware is risky business, and it seems that risk …

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Dan Peltier / Skift: New app that lets US and Canadian citizens forgo customs paperwork tested at Atlanta airport  —  New Mobile Passport Control App Being Piloted in Atlanta  —  Skift Take  —  Using mobile apps to speed the customs process at the airport is a logical step.

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Robert McMillan / Wired: White House recruits techies like Mikey Dickerson by dropping suit requirement  —  The White House Gives Up on Making Coders Dress Like Adults  —  The U.S. Government wants to hire more people like Mikey Dickerson.  He's the former Google engineer the White House recently tapped to lead the new U.S. Digital Service.

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Adam Jourdan / Reuters: China's homegrown OS may be ready for desktops in October, will extend to mobile devices later  —  China targets own operating system to take on likes of Microsoft, Google  —  (Reuters) - China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp …

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9to5Google: Napa area 6.0 earthquake shown on Google Alerts, now with Twitter feed  —  A magnitude 6.0 Earthquake has struck North of San Francisco Bay Area near Napa.  We hope everyone is ok.  —  What's interesting here is that Google's alert center now includes tweets.

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Brad Molen / Engadget: LG will reveal a circular smartwatch next week to compete with the Moto 360  —  Of the three Android Wear smartwatches introduced at Google's developer conference in June, the Moto 360 was by far the crowd favorite; its circular watchface gives it a classic, elegant look …

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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online: Top apps by user age groups: Pandora is 2nd most popular after Facebook for 3 youngest groups  —  Baby Boomers Are Still Playing Words With Friends  —  College students love their Instagram.  Baby Boomers still use Yahoo Mail.  —  These were some of the findings of a new report …

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Dan Frommer / Quartz: Top 25 most used apps in US: Facebook on top, followed by YouTube; Google is top publisher  —  These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America  —  In its latest mobile app report, comScore tracks the 25 most popular apps in the US.  This is an interesting slice of the App Store …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Tech Elites Aren't Ruining Burning Man.  They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.  —  Don't believe the hate.  While it's a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event's ideals of inclusion.

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Jason Koebler / Motherboard: Researchers created fake social network to access & understand China's internet censor systems  —  Researchers Made a Fake Social Network to Infiltrate China's Internet Censors  —  It's no secret that China has been censoring and controlling the information its citizens can send and receive, especially on the internet.

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Google partnering with Rockchip to make a custom SoC for Project Ara  —  It seems as if Google's Project Ara modular smartphone project is coming along nicely, despite a few manufacturing setbacks.  There was apparently a problem with manufacturing devices for those who won units at Google I/O …

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Nick Statt / CNET: Coin apologies to customers, to offer free beta program  —  The connected credit card startup apologizes for fumbling the announcement of a product delay.  Its beta program will be expanded and will no longer cost customers their preorder.

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Delivery startups return: services like Instacart try to avoid flaws of dot-com-era companies  —  Delivery Start-Ups Are Back Like It's 1999  —  Last year, I was excited to hear about a new start-up in San Francisco that delivered cheap bottles of wine within an hour.  It was called Rewinery, and it was fantastic.

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Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal: Facebook deploys huge “Mentions Box” tablet celebs will use to answer fan questions at Emmys  —  Facebook to Unleash a ‘Mentions Box’ on Celebrities at the Emmys  —  Even if Matthew McConaughey doesn't win a lead actor Emmy for his role on HBO's “True Detective,” there may be consolation.

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Conjecture on new iPhone resolutions: 1334 × 750 for the 4.7" model, 2208 × 1242 for 5.5"  —  Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays  —  Throughout the entire rumor cycle for this year's new iPhones, we've been inundated with reports of two new screen sizes, 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch: Microsoft Research Shows Off “DeLorean,” Its Tech For Building A Lag-Free Cloud Gaming Service  —  When looking to the future of gaming, few concepts get people as excited as the mythical “Netflix for gaming.”  It's a concept that we've seen in multiple forms, from OnLive's early efforts to Sony's new PlayStation Now service.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: British man sentenced to 33 months in prison for illicitly recording and uploading one movie  —  British man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for movie piracy  —  On Thursday, 25-year-old Philip Danks was sentenced to 33 months in jail by a Wolverhampton judge for pirating a copy of Fast and Furious 6.

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Sean Nealon / Phys.org: Researchers use malicious Android app to steal personal info from Gmail and other installed apps with up to 92% success rate  —  Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success  —  (Phys.org) —A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California …

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