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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple kicks off iPhone 6 sales in 20 more countries starting w/ New Zealand  —  NZ carrier Spark offers customers life-sized cardboard emoji characters to reserve their spot in line for iPhone 6  —  Apple's second wave of iPhone 6 sales has just kicked off with customers in New Zealand getting access …

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Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald: Australian Senate clears law enabling Internet monitoring, jail for disclosing classified info  —  Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed  —  Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Goodreads updates its iOS app with new home feed, streamlined navigation and improved shelving  —  Amazon's Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover  —  Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March.

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Sal Cangeloso / Geek.com: Seek Thermal: A $199 thermal cam add-on for iOS and Android  —  This summer FLIR released the first consumer-friendly thermal camera.  The $300 “terminator vision” camera was built into a an iPhone case which streamlined the design and protected the camera, but also meant that the case was outdated as soon as the iPhone 6 was released.

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Bloomberg: Manager in charge of iOS testing was in charge of testing Maps during 2012 debacle; a look inside the team's procedures  —  Apple's IPhone Software Snafu Has Links to Flawed Maps  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s release of a software update that cut off people's ability to make calls from their iPhones …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fixes to cellular, touch ID issues; says only 40K iPhone 6/6+ devices affected by 8.0.1 bugs  —  Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix for Cellular Issues, Broken Touch ID  —  Apple has just released iOS 8..2, its second update to iOS 8 designed …

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Brad Chacos / PC World: Sorry, folks: Samsung's curvaceous Galaxy Note Edge is a ‘limited edition concept’  —  Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 phablet is barreling towards release, but amid all the talk about the phone's preorders and super-nifty Gear VR headset accessory, one question has remained unanswered …

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Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services (AWS): Amazon confirms EC2 reboot due to Xen hypervisor issues, says less than 10% of instances will be affected  —  EC2 Maintenance Update  —  Today I've received a few questions about a maintenance update we're performing late this week through early next week, so I thought it would be useful to provide an update.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram Lets You #Selfielapse By Adding Front-Facing Camera Option To Hyperlapse  —  Instagram's first update to its timelapse app Hyperlapse will let you create mini-travelogues of your face hurtling through the world.  Hyperlapse now lets you capture timelapses with the front-facing camera …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: A behind-the-scenes look at Apple's iPhone testing facilities  —  Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6  —  A few blocks away from Apple's bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building.  Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you'd want to be if you were an iPhone.

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: The FAA is letting Hollywood use drones — and more exemptions are on the way.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big step forward on drones: It's now allowing some filmmakers to operate robotic flying cameras on commercial movie and TV sets.

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Symantec promotes Michael Brown from interim to permanent CEO  —  Summary: Symantec's board looked at more than 100 candidates, a third of which were seriously vetted for the top job.  —  Symantec has found itself a new permanent chief executive officer, although there wasn't much of a shakeup in the end.

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Andy Baio / ello.co: With its $435K seed funding, Ello is unlikely to sustain its “ad-free” model, and will need to turn a profit  —  Building something like Ello costs money.  They have a team of at least seven people, and have worked on it for months.  That doesn't come cheap.

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: DHL Paketkopter drone will deliver medications to small North Sea island beginning this week  —  DHL will do delivery-by-drone, but only for one tiny European island  —  While Netflix laughs, Amazon petitions and Google runs tests in New Zealand, DHL is about to actually launch drone delivery for its customers — sort of.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Facebook Is Partnering With Stripe to Power “Buy” Button  —  Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned.  —  The “Buy” button, which allows Facebook users to purchase goods …

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: New Mac Mini Finally Coming in October Alongside New iPads?  —  At just under two years since its last update, the Mac mini seems to have become the forgotten part of Apple's Mac lineup, with a number of fans of the small desktop waiting for any word of a potential update.

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Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal: FiveStars Raises $26M to Help Small Businesses Do Loyalty Rewards … FiveStars Inc. raised $26 million to help small businesses offer loyalty rewards programs that are on par with those offered by their biggest competitors, like retail giants Starbucks and Whole Foods Market .

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Yahoo transparency report: Data requests drop, but FISA stats are worrying  —  Updated 10:09 a.m. PT with the correct number of government data requests.  We apologize for the error.  —  Today Yahoo released its third transparency report, revealing 18,594 government data requests impacting 30,511 users.

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The Huffington Post: FBI discussed marketing of device encryption settings with Google and Apple; director says he's “very concerned”  —  FBI Director James Comey ‘Very Concerned’ About New Apple, Google Privacy Features  —  WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was …

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Sisters who modeled for promotional Snapchat images sue the company, seeking compensation  —  These 2 Sisters Became ‘The Faces Of Snapchat’ — Now They're Suing Because They Didn't Get Paid  —  One Snapchat lawsuit ends and another begins.  —  A few weeks ago, Snapchat settled a lawsuit …

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Netflix subscribers stream more than 90 minutes a day globally, 45 GB of data every month  —  Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day  —  Just one more episode: All of your binge watching is adding up, to an average of 93 minutes of Netflix viewing per day …

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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom: Insteon integrates with Microsoft Cortana for voice control in the home  —  “Insteon, I'm home!”  With those words, an Insteon home automation system and a Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 handset, you could unlock your doors and turn on your lights.  —  If you have Insteon gear set up in your home …

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Serena Saitto / Bloomberg: Big data analytics startup Context Relevant raises $13.5M from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America  —  Goldman, Bank of America Fund Context Relevant  —  Context Relevant Inc., a maker of software that analyzes data and makes predictions, raised $13.5 million from a group of investors including …

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Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter: Twitter to serve targeted ads for movies, beta testing will begin in the next few months  —  Twitter to Launch Targeted Ads for Movies (Exclusive)  —  Studios wanting to advertise an upcoming space epic could target users tweeting about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and Groot

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Gail Sullivan / Washington Post: Social network Ello, which unlike Facebook does not enforce real names, sees rapid growth amid interest from LGBT community  —  Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens  —  “You are not a product,” its manifesto declares.  It decries social networks that track and record …

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