September 11, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC
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>> FIRST LOOK: Forget "cheap," the iPhone 5c is clearly the iPhone Jony Ive wanted for iOS 7, by MG Siegler: "The 'c' in the iPhone 5c title doesn't stand for 'cheap.' It stands for 'clueless.' As in, we were all clueless in our speculation on Apple's motivations for creating this device. (Okay, it actually seems to stand for 'color,' but humor me.) After sitting through Apple's unveiling today and more importantly, watching the product videos, it seems decidedly more clear to me why Apple actually made the iPhone 5c. I think it comes down to the star of those videos: Jony Ive. I've seen a lot of Jony Ive videos in my day. And to my eye, it sure seems like he's decidedly more excited about the iPhone 5c than he is the iPhone 5s." TechCrunch
>>>> Apple's iWork apps will be free with new iOS devices -- who needs Office for iOS now? CITEWorld
>>>> With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things GigaOM
>>>> iPhone jailbreakers begin cracking their knuckles over iOS7 InfoWorld
>>>> China licenses Apple's iPhone with China Mobile WSJ
>>>> Apple's 'budget' iPhone 5C costs over $700 in China PCWorld
>>>> Cook: More than 700 million iOS devices sold Macworld
>>>> Apple sneaks in changes to AppleCare+ MacWorld
>> UNLAWFUL SEARCH & SEIZURE: US government uses travel alerts for warrantless electronics search, by Violet Blue: "The US government has been using 'travel alerts' to nonconsensually take and search civilians' electronic devices since at least 2010. This form of search and seizure -- and data copying -- occurs even if the individual is not the subject of any investigation. The US government does not need suspicion or a warrant to search people's electronic devices at the border." ZDNet
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>> NEW BLUE: Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess, by Woody Leonhard: "If you're using Windows 8, plan on upgrading to Windows 8.1 -- but give it a month or two for all the creepy-crawlies to shake out. When you install, make sure you turn off Smart Search, and take a minute to get your Libraries back. If you're using Windows XP or Windows 7, there's nothing to see here. Move along. In the past few weeks we've witnessed the entire Windows chain of command self-implode. Whether the turmoil will bring improvements to the desktop side of Windows 9 remains to be seen... Nobody knows what the next version of Windows will look like or when it will appear, but it's a sure bet it's going to be quite different from Windows 8.1 -- at least, one can hope." InfoWorld
>>>> How Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are better suited for businesses Network World
>> INTEL TIME: Intel's new Quark chips target wearable computing, by Agam Shah: "Intel has made its move to target the emerging market for wearable computers with a new family of low-power chips called Quark. Intel said its new Quark X1000 chips are about one-fifth the size and consume one-tenth the power of its Atom processors, its current most power-efficient line of chips. But while Atom processors are aimed at tablets and smartphones, Quark will be for devices with even lower-power requirements, such as smartwatches, glasses and medical devices that can be worn about the body." InfoWorld
>> CALLING BILL: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Bill Gates needs to come back to Microsoft and fire some people, by Blair Hanley Frank: "When Michael Arrington asked Benioff who the next CEO of Microsoft should be... Benioff had a one-word answer: 'Gates. I think that the only way to save Microsoft right now, because it is such a disaster, is he needs to come back, not forever, but for a specified period of time, maybe 36 months, because he has to push the reset button on two things. He needs to push the reset button on his mantras that he installed in the company, like 'Windows everywhere' and all this... 'Number two, he needs to push the reset button on people.'" GeekWire
>> WASHINGTON WIRE: Federal appeals court says lawsuit accusing Google of illegal wiretapping may continue, by David Streitfeld: "The ruling, which comes at a moment when online privacy is being hotly debated, has its origins in a much-publicized Google initiative, Street View, which tried to map the inhabited world. In addition to photographs, Street View vehicles secretly collected e-mail, passwords, images and other personal information from unencrypted home computer networks. The scooping of data brought outrage and investigations in at least a dozen countries when it was first revealed in Germany in 2010." NY Times (paywalled)
>> PROBLEM PATCHES: Microsoft botches still more patches in latest Automatic Update, by Woody Leonhard: "No sooner did Microsoft release the latest round of Black Tuesday patches, than screams of agony began sounding all over the Internet. At this point, I've seen verified problems with KB 2817630, KB 2810009, KB 2760411, KB 2760588, and KB 2760583... as of 00:15 am PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Microsoft hadn't pulled any of the patches, nor had it updated the KB articles, posted any recommendations on the usual fora, issued a press release, or made one iota of effort to help its customers. Does this make you feel warm and fuzzy about automatic app updates in Windows 8.1? Terry Myerson, are you listening?" InfoWorld
>> TRASH TAKEN OUT: Business Insider CTO forced to resign following Twitter firestorm, by Stefan Becket: "Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water yesterday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny, and women in tech." New York Magazine
>> DEPARTURE LOUNGE: Jeff Raikes steps down as CEO of Gates Foundation, by Mark Hachman: " Former Microsoft exec Jeff Raikes said Tuesday that he would step down as the chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, theoretically freeing himself up as Microsoft searches for a new CEO. However, in a memo posted to the Gates Foundation site, Raikes appears to be interested in retirement, rather than returning to the spotlight. " PCWorld
>> CASHING BIG DATA: Cisco enters data storage market with $415 million purchase of Whiptail, by Nicola Leske and Nadia Damouni: "Whiptail, founded in 2008 and based in Whippany, New Jersey, makes storage systems based on flash memory chips, which allow data to move through servers with greater speed and efficiency as well as higher volume.... One flash server can manage the workload of a number of servers on traditional hard disk drives." Reuters
>> BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Google brings street view inside the Texas Motorola plant, announces 100K units are shipping weekly, by Stefan Constantinescu: "When Google bought Motorola, no one expected them to start making Motorola phones in the United States, but that's exactly what they announced with the Moto X. When you order a custom Moto X, a team in Texas builds that phone and then ships it to your house. Today, Google has announced that that they've put the insides of that Motorola factory on Google street view, for those of you who are curious to see what the inside of a smartphone plant looks like." AndroidBeat
>> SPEED DATING KILLS: Startup pitch competitions have tricked Founders into sharing all their secrets, by Liam Boogar: "No one is teaching founders which information they should give out to strangers and which information they have a right to keep to themselves, and frankly, the judges are more at fault than the founders. There is some truth to that fact that being on stage at the LeWeb Startup Competition is akin to a first meeting with 100 VCs, and so founders want to offer information that will get them a follow-up meeting; however, don't be fooled into thinking that this is your only chance to meet that judge. If they are interested, they'll answer your emails or talk to you back stage -- after all, you were just on stage with them." Rude Baguette
>> IF YOU READ ONE ADTECH STORY TODAY: Twitter's new mobile advantage, by Jack Marshall: "The ad world is still trying to figure exactly why Twitter forked out $300 million for mobile ad exchange MoPub, but former Facebook Exchange product manager Antonio Garcia thinks it's a 'very big deal.' The reason? Cross-device ads." Digiday
>> MAN BITES DOG: IBM sells customer care outsourcing unit for $505 million, by Joab Jackson: "Citing low profit margins, IBM has sold its customer care outsourcing business to Synnex for $505 million... Synnex will combine the IBM business with its wholly owned subsidiary Concentrix, which operates in a similar field." ITWorld
>> THAT SUCKS: Dyson accuses Samsung of vacuum cleaner ‘rip-off' The Guardian
>> TWEETS OF THE DAY: : "Someone from Apple let me hold an iPhone 5 for a second and I said 'My preciousssss!' and crawled into a sewer drain with it." @JRehling
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