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Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News: Preliminary benchmark tests of Intel's Core M Broadwell platform show impressive performance  —  First Actual Intel Broadwell Core M Benchmarks From IDF 2014  —  We're currently at the Intel Developers Forum checking out all of the technology being showcase by Intel and its partners.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft previews Azure's Live Streaming and Content Protection, makes Media Indexer generally available  —  Microsoft today released the public previews of Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings as part of its Azure Media Services suite.  At the same time, the company announced …

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Emerging Technology From the arXiv: How the SuperVision algorithm, developed in 2012, marked a turning point in image recognition  —  The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever  —  Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition, and the turning point occurred in 2012, say computer scientists.

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David Meyer / Gigaom: CartoDB takes $8M in funding to build platform for “thousands” of niche mapping apps  —  The Spanish firm is also relocating its headquarters to New York, nearer to most of its client base — though it insists it will still be a European company.  —  Interactive map maker CartoDB …

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Richard Lai / Engadget: With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210, even the cheapest smartphones will get LTE  —  While Qualcomm's dominating the premium and mid-range smartphone space, MediaTek's been taking care of the other end of the spectrum until it launched its premium LTE octa-core chipset recently.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Lyft Expands Lyft Plus Nationwide While Lowering Prices On The Six-Seater Option  —  On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is expanding availability of its recently launched “Lyft Plus” experiment into a whole bunch of new markets.  And to convince people to use the new service …

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Alexander Howard / E Pluribus Unum: “Internet Slowdown Day” sends over 111,000 new comments on net neutrality to FCC  —  Today, dozens of websites “slowed down” for a cause, collectively advocating against Open Internet rules proposed by the Federal Communication.  None of the participants in today's “Internet Slowdown Day” …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: New U2 album gets pushed to iTunes users by default, may appear on your iPhone automatically  —  U2's new album is showing up on your iPhone whether you want it or not  —  U2's new Songs of Innocence.  —  U2  —  I'm not here to tell you what music you should be listening to …

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: NVIDIA hints at an HTC Nexus 9 tablet coming within weeks  —  Remember those hints of HTC returning to tablets?  Yeah, the cat's out of the bag.  As part of its patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has revealed that it expects a Tegra K1-powered “HTC Nexus 9” sometime within the third calendar quarter of the year.

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Killian Bell / Cult of Mac: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: notable differences include the display, camera, battery life  —  Big vs. bigger: Which iPhone 6 deserves a place in your pocket? … For the second consecutive year, Apple has delivered not one but two new iPhones.  Unlike the iPhone 5c, however …

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New York Times: Release of iPhone 6 Delayed in China  —  BEIJING — Apple is facing a potential setback in China, one of its biggest and fastest-growing markets, after the much-anticipated introductions here of the new iPhone models were delayed.  —  On Wednesday, Apple told China's three big state-owned …

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: California law says companies can't punish customers who post negative reviews  —  Some businesses use contracts that say customers have to pay large penalties if they say something negative online.  A new California law turns the tables on that.  —  A swanky hotel in New York caught flak …

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Benedict Evans: Apple's new iPhones eliminate most of the reasons for buying high-end Android phones  —  iPhone 6 and Android value  —  The new iPhones were much the most predictable part of Apple's event - widely leaked and impelled by an irresistible logic - the customer is always right.

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Coinbase Launches Bitcoin Buying and Selling in 13 European Countries  —  Coinbase has announced its first expansion beyond the US market, launching bitcoin buying and selling services in 13 countries across Europe.  —  With the beta launch, Coinbase will now allow consumers in Austria …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple's New iCloud Storage Plans Go Live, Monthly Prices at $0.99 for 20GB, $19.99 for 1TB  —  After yesterday's media event, Apple updated its website to provide additional information on its iCloud pricing ahead of the launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: New iCloud plans go live, up to 1 TB of storage space now available for purchase  —  Yesterday Apple revealed the finalized pricing for its revamped iCloud plans, but at the time they weren't available for purchase.  Today the plans have officially gone live for all customers.

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Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac: Apple revamps purchasing process with digital queue system that syncs inventory and send texts  —  Apple aims to make buying an iPhone 6 easier at its stores with new digital queue system  —  Apple has its product launches down to a science.  But sometimes issues arise and not everyone can …

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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac: Apple Watch locks when skin contact is broken as security precaution for mobile payments  —  Clever trick will safeguard Apple Watch from thieves … CUPERTINO, Calif. — One of the big questions about the Apple Watch is how Apple will prevent thieves from ripping it off your wrist and using it to clear your bank account.

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Benjamin Clymer / HODINKEE: A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)  —  I'm not even sure we can call it a watch.  Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the hand-assembled …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: OneDrive now supports 10GB files with faster syncing and Dropbox-like sharing  —  Microsoft is rolling out some welcome improvements to its OneDrive cloud storage service today.  While the company doubled its free OneDrive space in June and offered 1TB to Office 365 subscribers …

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Brad Sams / Neowin: Microsoft is testing playing Xbox games in your browser  —  Mockup of Xbox 360 dashboard in your browser  —  Microsoft is a technology company and when they see a problem that they think they can solve, they put their best and brightest minds to a solution.

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Christina Farr / Reuters: Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.  —  Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Facebook is testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance  —  Facebook is trialing a new feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance.  —  A handful of users noticed the feature in the Facebook iOS app earlier this week, and we reached out to Facebook to seek clarification.

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Kif Leswing / Gigaom: T-Mobile will give you a customized router for better Wi-Fi calling  —  After Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support in iOS 8, T-Mobile reemphasized its long-term commitment to the UMA standard, complete with a new free router for subscribers that prioritizes voice calls over other traffic.

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Twitter taps debt markets, to offer up to $1.5B in convertible bonds for acquisitions and expansion  —  Twitter Seeks to $1.5 Billion in Debt Offering  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) is tapping debt markets for the first time, with plans to raise as much as $1.5 billion to invest in acquisitions and expansion.

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