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Walt Mossberg / Re/code: Tim Cook says the recent slump in iPad sales is just a “speed bump”  —  In Defense of Tablets  —  The tablet is doomed.  It was a fad.  Who needs one, anyway?  —  At least that's the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news.

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Charles Arthur / Guardian: Chitika and comScore data suggests Amazon unlikely to have sold more than 35,000 Fire phones  —  Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire phones, data suggests  —  Amazon doesn't give sales data for its devices, but figures from comScore and Chitika suggest only modest sales so far

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Square Cash 2.0 Adds Free Money Transfer By Text Message, Payment Notes And More  —  Square has a new update out for its Cash app that lets users send cash by text, greatly improving the versatility of the mobile payment app.  The update also improves the user interface for sending …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Documents and interviews reveal Uber's sophisticated, nationwide scheme to poach Lyft drivers  —  This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Chrome 37 launches with DirectWrite support for better-looking fonts on Windows, revamped password manager  —  Google today released Chrome version 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Among the changes are better-looking fonts on Windows and a revamped password manager; you can update …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Job Platform ZipRecruiter Takes Its First Outside Funding, $63M Led By IVP  —  The global market for jobseeking and hiring services is estimated to be worth some $85 billion, and a startup called ZipRecruiter is today announcing a significant round of funding that it hopes will help it be a key player in an evolving recruitment market.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows Threshold moving to regular incremental updates; ARM-based preview due next year  —  Windows ‘Threshold’ and cadence: How fast is too fast?  —  Summary: With an enterprise technical preview coming in a few weeks, and an ARM-based test version due early next year, the next version of Windows is approaching rapidly.

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Bloomberg: Apple Said to Prepare New 12.9-Inch IPad for Early 2015  —  Apple Inc.'s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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Roger Cheng / CNET: T-Mobile expands family plan, bulks up tablet data offer  —  The wireless war between Sprint and T-Mobile heats up as T-Mobile fires yet another salvo for a second consecutive day.  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere at CES 2014.  Legere has been eager to fire back at Sprint after its new round of promotions.

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Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times: LA suspends iPad program for schools amid accusations that officials had close ties with Apple  —  L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads  —  L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: 10 million installs later, BitTorrent Sync gets new interface, sharing via links, and proxy server support  —  BitTorrent today released BitTorrent Sync version 1.4, adding a slew of new features to its file synchronization tool.  You can download the new version now for Windows, OS X …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Google getting into cloud-based visual effects with Zync buy  —  Summary: Previously a proud Amazon EC2 customer, the visual effects provider is also moving over to Google Cloud Platform.  —  Google is acquiring Zync Inc., bolstering the Internet giant's cloud-based offerings for creative professionals.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Pinterest Adds New Analytics Dashboard to Entice Future Advertisers  —  Pinterest has a new strategy for getting brands on its service: Show, don't tell.  —  The online inspiration and discovery company unveiled a new, free analytics dashboard for businesses on Tuesday …

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Barry Levine / VentureBeat: Netflix hand-delivers petition to FCC against Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger  —  Netflix today announced it has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger.  —  If successful, the combined companies would become …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Uber Begins Testing Lunch Delivery With UberFRESH  —  Uber isn't done producing variations on the theme of on-demand wheels - the startup has now begun testing uberFRESH, a service that provides lunch between 11:30 PM and 2:30 PM to customers in the Santa Monica trial area first …

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Cliff Kuang / Wired: Instagram releases Hyperlapse app for creating fast, smooth time-lapse videos  —  Hyperlapse, Instagram's New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand  —  Today, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, the company's first-ever app outside of Instagram itself.

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Re/code: Box Taps Former LifeLock and Salesforce Dealmaker Iltchev for New SVP Slot  —  Box, the IPO-bound Silicon Valley cloud-storage and collaboration company has hired Villi Iltchev, the executive who led LifeLock's acquisition of Lemon, to head up its corporate development and acquisition strategy.

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Faryaab S. / SamMobile: Exclusive: Galaxy Note 4 to sport Synaptics' Natural ID tech, New fingerprint features  —  Since the beginning of the month, we have been exclusively revealing details about Samsung's upcoming flagship phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4, bit by bit.  Last week, we spilled the beans …

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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu: Twitter expands its advertising network in Europe with 12 countries, mainly in the CEE region  —  Twitter this morning announced on its blog that it is significantly broadening its ad system in Europe, more than doubling the number of countries on the continent it is available in today.

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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters: Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European antitrust investigation in relation to a four-year-old complaint by a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Bill Steele / Cornell Chronicle: Robo Brain, a repository of information mined from the internet, for robots to draw on  —  ‘Robo Brain’ mines the Internet to teach robots  —  To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave.

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Microsoft cuts Surface 2 price by $100, hinting at successor or discontinuation  —  Surface 2 prices slashed, hinting at discontinuation or replacement  —  Microsoft has cut $100 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets.  This puts the cheapest 32GB unit at $349, the 64GB unit at $449 …

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The Verge: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality  —  In the wake of Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?

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Ryan Mac / Forbes: Amazon Pounces On Twitch After Google Balks Due To Antitrust Concerns  —  One technology giant's loss is another's gain.  —  In May, Variety first reported that Google was in talks to acquire video game streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion.  Three months later …

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Brandon Chester / AnandTech: LG details its G3 Stylus smartphone: 5.5 inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, to debut at IFA  —  LG Reveals Details About the G3 Stylus Debuting at IFA  —  The IFA trade show is scheduled to take place a couple of weeks from now, but LG is already giving details about their upcoming LG G3 Stylus ahead of the event.

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