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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Amazon launches Underground app for Android to promote free apps and games, pays developers on per-minute played basis, ends Free App of the Day program  —  Amazon launches Underground to promote free apps and games  —  Amazon launched a new shopping app on Android called Underground …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Coin starts shipping new version of its credit card device with NFC and improved performance  —  Coin, the buzzy but troubled company whose signature product seeks to replace your credit cards with a single piece of plastic, will begin shipping the second version of its card today.

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Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google: YouTube Gaming Android app launches in Google Play for US and UK; web portal not yet open  —  YouTube Gaming app goes live in Google Play, download it now  —  Good news, fans of live-streamed gaming: YouTube Gaming is now available for Android from Google Play.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Samsung's flagship Galaxy Tab S2 tablet opens for U.S. preorders today starting at $400  —  Samsung has revealed that its Galaxy Tab S2, billed as the company's “thinnest, lightest, ultra-fast tablet,” is now open for pre-orders online though Samsung.com, Amazon.com, and Best Buy.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant  —  It looks like Angry Birds maker Rovio is having some troubles to pay the bills.  The Finnish company is about to cut 260 jobs after reducing its workforce by 110 employees in October 2014.  At the end of 2013, the company had 800 employees in total.

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Leaked Microsoft intranet screenshot reveals Office 2016 for Windows will be released Sept. 22  —  Office 2016 for Windows coming on September 22  —  Already available for OS X, the new Office will soon be out for Windows, too.  —  A leaked image from a Microsoft intranet site has disclosed …

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Liam Tung / ZDNet: Google now lets US Cloud Storage customers mail tapes, USBs, and hard drive backups; service expanding to Europe and Asia soon  —  Google Cloud Storage now swallows posted tapes, USBs, and hard drive backups  —  Businesses on poor internet connections have a new postal option for moving large volumes of data to Google Cloud Storage.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft: More than 75 million devices now running Windows 10  —  Microsoft officials say Windows 10 is now installed on more than 75 million devices, ust less than a month after its rollout began.  —  Windows 10's adoption is continuing at a strong pace, according to the latest data shared by Microsoft.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Sensei's Morph is a trackpad with 20K pressure sensors and “overlays” for various functions  —  The Sensel Morph wants to be a bigger, better version of Apple's Force Touch trackpad  —  Earlier this year, Apple opened up some interesting new ways of controlling the MacBook …

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Koushik Dutta / Google+: Allcast creator releases free Vysor app to view and control an Android device from a computer without rooting, includes remote screen and ADB access  —  Vysor Share  —  Remote screen and ADB access  —  There's a few tools already out that that lets you control your Android through your PC.

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Emily Steel / New York Times: Netflix is licensing films from YouTube stars and developing new shows to appeal to teens  —  Netflix to Add Films and TV Series for Teenagers  —  Netflix is entering the awkward teenage years, at least with its latest programming push.  —  The company is adding to its streaming service …

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: PayPal's One Touch checkout service now available across Europe and Australia  —  There's no argument that mobile is the most promising frontier for commerce.  Delivering on that potential, however, very much depends on making payment as fluid as possible.  —  Today PayPal One Touch …

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Brett Howse / AnandTech: Windows 10 review: worthy upgrade for both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, better for desktops as well as tablets  —  The Windows 10 Review: The Old & New Face of Windows  —  Let's flash back to 2012.  About three years ago, Windows 8, the last major release of Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system, was released to manufacturers.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Verizon looks to bring connected car features to older vehicles with Hum, a $14.99/month service that offers roadside assistance, car diagnostics, more  —  Verizon's New Service Aims to Connect Older Cars, Keep Them Humming  —  After a brief delay, Verizon is ready with a service designed …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Home design firm Houzz buys community site GardenWeb from NBCU for undisclosed amount in first acquisition  —  Houzz Acquires Home And Gardening Community Site GardenWeb From NBCUniversal  —  After a number of big fundraising rounds over the last few years, Houzz has now made its first acquisition.

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Jonathan Mayer / Web Policy: AT&T hotspot at Dulles Airport tampers with HTTP traffic to inject third-party ads from WiFi monetization firm RaGaPa  —  AT&T Hotspots: Now with Advertising Injection  —  While traveling through Dulles Airport last week, I noticed an Internet oddity.  The nearby AT&T hotspot was fairly fast—that was a pleasant surprise.

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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times: Online male escort service Rentboy raided by federal investigators on charges of promoting prostitution; CEO and six employees arrested  —  7 Charged With Promoting Prostitution by Working on Rentboy.com, an Escort Website  —  The terms of service on the website Rentboy.com said that people could not use it to exchange money for sex.

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Jacob Demmitt / GeekWire: Amazon secretly testing new restaurant delivery service in Seattle with Prime Now rollout … Amazon has quietly started experimenting with delivery of hot meals from restaurants in the Seattle area, GeekWire has learned.  It's a sign that the e-commerce giant could soon throw its weight …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Snapchat hires former Mattel finance executive Drew Vollero as VP of finance and acting CFO  —  Snapchat Names Former Mattel Executive Drew Vollero Its Finance Chief  —  Snapchat Inc. finally hired someone to run its finances, naming Drew Vollero, a former executive at toy maker Mattel Inc. …

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Dan Ackerman / CNET: Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2 with Alchemy synth support in free update for Logic Pro owners  —  Apple updates Logic Pro X music program with a powerful new synth and an Apple Music tie-in  —  The second major update to Logic Pro X in 2015 adds the well-known Alchemy synth and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect.

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IDC: Worldwide Smartphone Growth Expected to Slow to 10.4% in 2015, Down From 27.5% Growth in 2014, According to IDC  —  According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units.

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VentureBeat: Germany's highest appeals court rules Apple's “slide to unlock” touchscreen patents are invalid, reaffirming the 2013 decision  —  Top German court rejects Apple touchscreen patent appeal  —  (Reuters) - Apple patents covering the “slide to unlock” feature on smartphones are invalid …

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Johanna Beyenbach / Etsy News Blog: Etsy Local lets iOS and Android users find nearby Etsy items, sellers, and select retailers  —  Shop in Your Backyard with Etsy Local, Now on Mobile  —  Etsy is an online platform, but it is also a network of offline communities around the world, from Etsy Teams, to craft fairs, to wholesale retailers.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: YouTube Gaming launches Wednesday on iOS, Android, and web to compete with Twitch  —  YouTube Gaming—Google's Twitch.tv competitor—launches tomorrow  —  Twitch.tv finally gets some real competition in the game live streaming market.  —  One year and one day after Google lost Twitch.tv to Amazon, YouTube Gaming is going public.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Uber will partner with University of Arizona for self-driving car research  —  Uber is setting up a new self-driving car project at the University of Arizona, according to an email sent out today to university employees.  The new project will focus on self-driving car technology …

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