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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air  —  A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.  —  While we mentioned that the enhanced specs …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Nexus 6 hands-on: supersized, even by today's standards, with much improved camera  —  The Nexus 6: hands-on with Google's phablet  —  After watching Apple unapologetically release the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung release the fourth iteration of its massive Galaxy Note …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Reveals Mobile Sales for First Time: $200 Million, 17% of Total  —  Yahoo is finally turning mobile apps into a moneymaking business.  —  The company revealed for the first time the size of its mobile business, reporting that ads on mobile devices generated more than $200 million …

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: Nokia's HERE maps app hits wide release on Android  —  Nokia launched a version of its HERE maps app for Android today that can be installed on most Android devices.  The company first launched a version of its Android app on Samsung's app store a couple months ago, and is now making a beta version available to every Android user.

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BuzzFeed: Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With “Hot Chick” Drivers  —  “Who said women don't know how to drive?” the Uber blog post asks.  The post was deleted after an inquiry from BuzzFeed News.  —  Yesterday, Uber's Lyon office unveiled a new promotion with an app called “Avions de Chasse.”

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center  —  Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview just three weeks ago and the software maker is now ready to issue a fresh update.  If you're already testing Windows 10 then a new preview build (9860) …

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TechCrunch: Vine updates iOS app with ability to follow channels of content, support for new iPhones, adds iOS 8 sharing extension  —  Vine's Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them  —  Making funny, artful, or interesting Vines is tough, but the 6-second video app has spawned a whole community of amazing creators.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: HP to announce Sprout, a device combining large display, touch surface, 3D scanner, projector  —  HP Will Unveil New Computing Product Called Sprout Next Week  —  When Hewlett-Packard announced it would split in two — one company devoted to PCs and printing; the other to enterprise IT …

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: Privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani, who helped Washington Post with its Snowden reporting, named FTC's chief technologist  —  Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist  —  The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Aware of iCloud Login Harvesting in China, Launches Browser Security Guide  —  Earlier this week, web censorship blog Great Fire suggested that hackers aligned with Chinese authorities were using man-in-the-middle attacks in order to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users that visited Apple's iCloud.com website.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: New Social Network Tsu — Which Pays Users Who Post — Raises $7 Million  —  New social network Tsu believes it can get you excited about seeing advertisements.  (Seriously!)  —  That's because Tsu, which launched on Tuesday with a $7 million investment led by Sancus Capital …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps  —  Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly.

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Marcus Wohlsen / Wired: Nielsen partners with Adobe to rate all online content, from videos and podcasts to articles  —  Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles  —  The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn't like it used to be.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google Play Music adds Songza's contextual playlists for All Access subscribers, Material Design UI  —  Google brings Songza's best feature to Play Music  —  But only All Access subscribers get to use it  —  After purchasing Songza for an undisclosed sum earlier this year …

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John Cook / GeekWire: Former Microsoft exec Bob Muglia raises $26M for Snowflake, a data warehousing startup  —  Bob Muglia is floating in the clouds, or should we say on some snowflakes.  The longtime Microsoft veteran — who left the company in 2011 after 23 years, including a stint as the president …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks  —  Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand  —  Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google beefs up 2-step verification with physical USB Security Key option in Chrome  —  Google today announced it is beefing up its two-step verification feature with Security Key, a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website.

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John Ribeiro / PC World: NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use  —  Samsung Electronics' Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.  —  The Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) …

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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Values CEO Satya Nadella's Pay at $84 Million  —  Call Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the $84 million man.  —  Microsoft said it awarded the new CEO compensation valued at more than $84 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.  —  The majority of the money, $59.2 million …

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Staples investigating credit card breach at its retail stores after multiple banks report fraud  —  Banks: Credit Card Breach at Staples Stores  —  Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Verizon misses Q3 profit expectations, posts higher revenue, adds 1.5M retail customers  —  Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers  —  The company did post strong customer growth, driven largely by increased tablet sales.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Banks racing to become your first card in Apple Pay as most users will use the default card  —  New Gold Rush: why banks are racing to be the first card in your Apple Pay  —  Beyond the home screen, beyond the lock screen, the battle for the pre-screen  —  Over the weekend I was hit …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds  —  It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that.  The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz …

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times: Scammers hack business phone networks to rack up billions in fraudulent charges, vexing carriers and lawmakers  —  Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

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