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Angela Moscaritolo / PC Magazine: E Fun Debuts $179 Windows 2-in-1 Tablet  —  Looking for a large-screen Windows tablet on the cheap?  E Fun might have just the thing.  —  The California tablet maker on Monday unveiled its newest Nextbook, a 2-in-1 Windows 8.1 tablet with a wallet-friendly price tag of $179.

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Bloomberg: Tim Cook discusses user data protection with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai amid iCloud hacking claims  —  Apple's Cook Discusses User-Data With China Vice Premier  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to discuss protecting user data …

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk  —  Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform.  While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it's done this with hotel bookings.

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times: IBM's increasing EPS in recent years only due to buybacks, no real revenue growth since 2008  —  The Truth Hidden by IBM's Buybacks  —  For many years, the International Business Machines Corporation's earnings glided smoothly upward.  Every quarter, IBM would report higher earnings per share.

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Homeboy is a $149 rechargeable low-power Wi-Fi security camera with a three month battery, on sale today  —  Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets  —  The new $149 camera sticks to walls to watch your home  —  After having his home burglarized for a third time …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: MicroBlink's PhotoMath app solves math problems scanned in through your phone's camera  —  MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone  —  Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again.  You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it.

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Marton Dunai / Reuters: Hungary plans to impose new tax on Internet traffic  —  (Reuters) - Hungary's government plans to levy a new tax on Internet data transfers, according to the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, which could hit Internet providers and the country's telecommunications companies.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: SoftBank and Sequoia invest $100 million in Indonesian e-commerce startup Tokopedia  —  Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia has landed a $100 million round of funding led by SoftBank and Sequoia Capital.  —  In a press release today, the firms said the round was officially led by SoftBank Internet …

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball: iPad Air 2 is on equal footing with the MacBook Air for performance, forges ahead of iPhones  —  The iPad Air 2 (And a Few Cursory Words Regarding the iPad Mini 3)  —  The relationship between the iPad and the iPhone, performance-wise, has been hard to predict.

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: G.fast technology, which enables gigabit speeds on DSL, expected to arrive in homes by 2016  —  Lowly DSL poised for gigabit speed boost  —  Internet service providers are getting a new option called G.fast that can extend the lifespan of existing copper phone lines yet again.

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Mark Spoonauer / Laptop Mag: iPad Air 2 benchmarks: excels in Geekbench compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nvidia Shield, Sony Xperia Z2, strong on 3DMark but not best  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review  —  Editors' rating:  —  The Pros  —  Super-thin design; Superior anti-reflective display; Much faster A8X chip …

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Kyle VanHemert / Wired: Leeo launches $99 Smart Alert Nightlight, alerts you via mobile when smoke/CO2 alarm sounds  —  A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home  —  The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is not the stuff of soft-focus smart home dreams.  It won't vacuum your floor, or start your coffee pot when you wake up in the morning.

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Molly Wood / New York Times: Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online  —  AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun.  —  The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times  —  Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button.  An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop.  —  Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications  —  Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning …

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Nilay Patel / The Verge: iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code: iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: iPad mini 3 review: with Touch ID the only significant improvement over the iPad mini 2, buy the 2 and save $100  —  Apple iPad mini 3 review  —  How much is Touch ID worth?  —  For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing.

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Needs to Work Harder  —  It Has a Quality Screen and Build but It Needs to Go Beyond One-App-at-a-Time Functionality  —  When Steve Jobs plopped down on the couch, minutes after showing off the iPad for the first time, he said, “It's so much more intimate …

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David Pogue / Yahoo Tech: The iPad Air 2: Thin, Gorgeous, Powerful — and That's Enough  —  Hey, kids!  It's time to play Apple Announcement Mad Libs! … Yes, it's gotten to the point that we tech critics can pretty much recycle our iPad reviews from year to year.  —  This is it: The new iPad Air 2 (Deanne Fitzmaurice/Yahoo Tech)

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors: Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards  —  Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication.  —  Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States …

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’  —  Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display.

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Reuters: Keith Alexander terminates deal allowing sitting NSA CTO Patrick Dowd to work part-time at at IronNet Cybersecurity  —  Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official  —  (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal …

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …

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Bloomberg: EMC Said to Absorb VCE Joint Venture as Cisco Reduces Stake  —  EMC Corp. (EMC) is buying out much of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO)'s stake in joint venture VCE, which sells high-end data center equipment, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  EMC will meld the joint venture …

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