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Mickey's lightsaber nukes two popular Star Wars games from App Store

It appears that Disney had pulled two games from both the App Store as well as on the Google Play store for Android devices without any explanation. As reported by sister site WP Central, both Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team were pulled from both app stores with developer Nimblebit saying that they were not given any prior notice of the decision.

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Apple's privacy push requires developers to disclose policies

Since the iCloud hacking attempts, Apple has taken a firmer stance on privacy and how it safeguards user information and data. With iOS 8, this is becoming more important as Apple is allowing third-party apps to tap into HomeKit for a centralized home automation hub, HealthKit for health and fitness tracking, Apple Pay for payments, and keyboard extensions. As such, Apple is requiring third-party developers to appropriately disclose privacy policies in the iTunes App Store when they list their apps and as required by law.

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Bill Gates banks on Apple Pay to bring mobile payments mainstream

Former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates had a lot of positive things to say about Apple Pay and the potential Apple has to take mobile payments mainstream. Highlighting the security behind Apple Pay and the fact that you no longer need a physical credit card, Gates says that the standards-based approach Apple is using will help mobile payments gain critical mass.

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Tim Cook asks Apple employees to reflect on the influence of Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on his employees to take a moment to reflect on the influence that late company co-founder Steve Jobs had on Apple and the world in a heartfelt email sent Friday. In it, Cook asks his staff to "appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better," a message that Cook has been saying in his recent interviews with Charlie Rose. The email comes ahead of the three-year anniversary of the passing of Jobs this Sunday.

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Apple event reportedly set for October 16 with new iPads, Macs

Apple will reportedly hold its next event on Thursday, October 16. This is expected to be the debut of the new iPads, new Macs, and OS X Yosemite. It is also expected to be a more relaxed event than the one held in September, held at the Town Hall on Apple's campus in Cupertino.

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Facebook's $19 billion deal to buy WhatsApp is approved by the EU

Facebook has received approval from the European Union for its $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp. The main concern over the deal in Europe was that the deal would harm communication in the telecom market. The European Commission said that the acquisition would not impede competition, according to Re/code:

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The Transit App 3.2 gets a widget, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support

Transit App has hit version 3.2, ready for iOS 8, as well as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In addition to supporting the resolutions of those devices, The Transit App comes with a Notification Center widget.

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New report goes in-depth on Apple Pay security

A new report has gone in depth about how Apple Pay will work and why it is so secure. In addition to reiterating information that Apple presented in September, like the the fact that credit or debit card data is never exposed, there are also extensive details on tokens, authentication via Touch ID, and cryptograms.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders top 4 million in China

It was only yesterday when we reported that pre-orders for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached 2 million in China, but today Chinese media outlets have refreshed reports with new figures. According to Tencent, reservations for the new smartphones have hit 4 million:

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Apple reportedly looking to lower cost of music streaming

Apple may be looking to make your Beats Music a little less expensive. Apple is apparently in early talks with major record labels about lowering streaming costs. Additionally, new features that would eventually make their way to a revamped Beats Music service might also be on the table, according to Re/code:

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