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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune: Uber's financing program connects auto lenders and drivers who want to purchase cars  —  Uber banks on world domination  —  The story line about Uber these days usually involves a fight: Uber scuffling with German regulators, who banned one of its car services nationwide …

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Toshiba cuts 900 jobs amid PC business restructuring  —  Summary: The Japanese PC maker will leave the business-to-consumer business in order to refocus its efforts in the enterprise market.  —  Toshiba will cut 900 jobs globally as it restructures its PC business, the company announced.

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Erich Owens / Facebook: Facebook to place posts about trending topics, posts with fresh engagement higher in News Feed  —  News Feed FYI: Showing More Timely Stories from Friends and Pages  —  Our goal with News Feed is to show everyone the right content at the right time so they don't miss the stories that are important to them.

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: Apple's “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands  —  Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request.  That language is now gone.  —  When Apple published its first Transparency Report …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company - or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch.  We quickly tested those claims for ourselves, and sure enough, it's true.  “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain's auto-responder reads.  “Andrew Swain has recently left the company.

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors: iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts  —  With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis.  Most of the major keyboard makers were ready for the launch, introducing iOS 8 versions …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: ‘Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals’ Startup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock  —  Since 2007, Airbnb has opened up new opportunities for its hosts to meet new people and make money by renting out parts of their homes they weren't using.  In that same vein, a startup called EatWith wants …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft cuts 747 employees in Washington state, 2,100 worldwide  —  Microsoft cuts another 2,100 employees worldwide  —  Summary: As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying o 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18.  —  In round two of its previously …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Amazon puts a new processor in the $379 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, offers new $60 keyboard accessory  —  Amazon upgrades the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with more speed and better sound  —  A new processor, sound engine, and keyboard accessory round out the upgrades  —  Last year, Amazon completely overhauled …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon's entry-level Kindle finally has a touchscreen  —  It's also got double the storage and a faster processor, and now costs $79  —  Yes, the Kindle Voyage is unquestionably the star of tonight's announcements from Amazon.  But here's another thing that millions of people will likely …

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Quentin Hardy / New York Times: Twilio launching new MMS API which allows for video and picture messaging  —  Twilio to Send Multimedia to Phones  —  “We believe photos and videos will be ubiquitous,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio's co-founder and chief executive.  —  The cloud just covered a little more of the old tech business.

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Identity Security Firm Ping Raises $35 Million From K.K.R. and Others  —  With the news of hacking and data theft dominating headlines, there would seem to be no better time for a security software provider to raise new money.  And Ping Identity is wasting no time in collecting new funds.

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: iOS 8's mobile Safari adds support for key HTML5 standards like WebGL, IndexedDB and SPDY  —  iOS 8 brings big boost for Web programmers  —  Apple's newest operating system supports WebGL and IndexedDB, two standards that'll make websites much more capable on its mobile devices.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Twilio Adds Low-Cost, Two-Way MMS Picture Messaging To Its API Cloud  —  Twilio, the San Francisco-based company that currently works with around half a million developers to integrate text messaging, voice and VoIP services into their apps by way of a set of simple APIs …

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says  —  The world's got problems and the Google CEO is searching for solutions  —  As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: New iOS 8 Keyboard Translates Your Text Into Emojis  —  Emoji-only conversation has arrived.  —  Keymoji, a downloadable keyboard available on iOS 8, actually converts your text into emojis as you type.  Users have the option of interjecting emojis mid-sentence along with their text …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launching in US on October 17th, pre-orders start tomorrow  —  The Galaxy Note 4 will launch in the United States beginning October 17th, Samsung announced today, and pre-orders for the company's latest phablet kick off tomorrow.  AT&T has separately announced …

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: BlackBerry's latest Porsche Design smartphone is real, ridiculous  —  Well folks, the rumors and leaks were true (as usual): the heated BlackBerry/Porsche Design love affair has once again borne fruit, this in time in the form of the new Porsche Design P'9983.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform  —  Some big news today for Red Hat, the open source company that provides a platform for application development and other platform as a service solutions: It is buying FeedHenry, an Ireland-based provider of a platform …

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Tim Devaney / The Hill: New FTC rules, effective Dec. 8, require online retailers to ship goods on time or offer refund  —  New rules push Internet retailers to make quick deliveries  —  Internet retailers are facing new rules from the Federal Trade Commission requiring them to ship customers' orders …

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Nancy Gohring / GeekWire: Lost forever?  Archive Team says TwitPic is blocking photo downloads before shutdown  —  A volunteer group that saves data at risk of disappearing when web sites die says the founder of TwitPic is blocking their efforts to record photos that have been uploaded to the site.

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Todd Brix / Building Apps for Windows: Microsoft announces lifetime Dev Center registrations with one-time $19 fee for individuals  —  New Dev Center lifetime registration and benefits program  —  This month we are releasing several new features to enhance your development experience: the lifetime Dev Center account, and the new Dev Center Benefits program.

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Xinhua: iPhone 6 wins two regulatory approvals in China, still needs key network access license to launch  —  Apple iPhone 6 wins two regulatory approvals in China  —  BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — Apple Inc.'s latest smartphone iPhone 6 has won two major regulatory approvals in China …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook  —  Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding.  —  CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did …

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech: Second gen Moto X review: poor camera, battery life, and display; falls short of its peers  —  The New Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Review  —  While I talked about Motorola's issues in the launch article for the new Moto X, it's well worth repeating.  Motorola has been through a lot these past few years.

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