Apple will reportedly launch its Apple Pay digital wallet service in North America on October 20.

Sources close to the company have apparently told Bank Innovation that the PayPal rival will debut as part of the iOS 8.1 update.

Apple Pay is an NFC-powered payments system that enables users to carry out one-touch transactions using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It will also be compatible with the upcoming Apple Watch.

The launch could coincide with the company's iPad unveiling, which is expected to take place later this month.

Apple is believed to have excluded PayPal from its Apple Pay plans due to the firm's recently-rumoured partnership with Samsung.

Previous reports suggest that we may not see Apple Pay launch in the UK until 2015.


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Facebook has announced that it is changing its policy on research in light of the controversial News Feed mood study it conducted in 2012.

In June, it emerged that the social network had conducted a secret test on almost 700,000 users, to establish the effects of being exposed to positive and negative status updates.

The revelation was heavily criticised by many, prompting an apology from the social media giant.

Three months on, Facebook has set out a new policy on the way it does experiments, which will include a new "enhanced review process" before any research takes place and a panel to ensure guidelines are met.

"It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently," Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer admitted in a blog post.

"For example, we should have considered other non-experimental ways to do this research. The research would also have benefited from more extensive review by a wider and more senior group of people."

New engineers will also have to undergo a six-week research education training programme from now on, while all of Facebook's research activity will now be published in one place online, which it promises to update regularly.

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Facebook has issued an apology to transgender and drag queen users after hundreds of accounts were deleted due to its 'real names' policy.

Scores of accounts fell afoul of the social network's regulations against assumed names when a single user flagged them up and reported them.

Facebook insists that it did not realise a specific group of people was being targeted as it deals with several hundred thousand fake name reports each week.

The social network's chief product officer Chris Cox has since issued an apology for the blunder, and the firm has reworded its names policy and urged users to "use the authentic name they use in real life".

Cox said: "I want to apologise to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbours, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks."

Facebook will continue to clamp down on "fake" accounts to tackle abuse and impersonation on the social network.

A planned street protest against Facebook's policies organised by the Transgender Law Centre, due to take place in San Francisco today (October 2), will now become a celebration.

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CD and DVD ripping for personal use has finally been legalised in the UK.

The UK government proposed the changes to copyright law earlier this year, but parliament has been slow bringing the measures into effect.

Until now, ripping a CD to your iTunes account was technically against the law, but the new legislation allows users to legally backup their music, video and e-books.

However, it will still be illegal to backup content you do not legally own, or make copies for friends or family.

"You are permitted to make personal copies to any device that you own, or a personal online storage medium, such as a private cloud," said the UK government in a statement.

"However, it is unlawful to give other people access to the copies you have made, including, for example, by allowing a friend to access your personal cloud storage."

A full list of the changes to UK copyright law can be found on the UK government's website.


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Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to prove a big hit in China after more than 2 million people scrambled to reserve their place in the pre-orders queue within six hours.

Local news outlets are reporting that the 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most in demand in the Asian territory, according to Apple Insider.

Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to prove a big hit in China after more than 2 million people scrambled to reserve their place in the pre-orders queue within six hours.

Local news outlets are reporting that the 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most in demand in the Asian territory, according to Apple Insider.

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Adam Sandler has signed a deal to produce and star in four movies exclusive to Netflix.

The projects will be developed under Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and will only be available to Netflix users across the world.

Adam Sandler has signed a deal to produce and star in four movies exclusive to Netflix.

The projects will be developed under Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and will only be available to Netflix users across the world.

"His appeal spans across viewers of all ages - everybody has a favourite movie, everyone has a favourite line - not just in the US but all over the world."

The exact details of the films lined up are being kept under wraps, although they are expected to be in the comedy genre.

Existing movie commitments with other companies are excluded from the deal.


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eBay has announced that PayPal will be spun off into its own separate business.

The move comes following pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, which was reported on last month.

By the end of 2015, the two companies will be separated following "a strategic review of the company's growth strategies and structure", the company said.

"The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges," eBay chief executive John Donahoe explained in a statement.

Devin Wenig, who is currently president of eBay Marketplaces, will be chief executive of eBay once the separation is completed, while PayPal will be managed by American Express executive Dan Schulman.

Responding to the development, Icahn said: "We are happy that eBay's board and management have acted responsibly concerning the separation - perhaps a little later than they should have, but earlier than we expected."

In spinning off PayPal, the company is hoping that it can attract online retailers who may be hesitant of its current closeness to eBay.

PayPal is also growing quicker than the auction site with 19% revenue growth year-on-year.

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Apple usually experiences a dip in iPhone sales before a new handset launch, but it held steady this year, a report claims.

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the company's sales only dipped 1.6% versus July this year in the UK, which is almost half of the equivalent drop felt in 2013 before the iPhone 5 launch.

Apple's biggest source of iPhone sales came from the iPhone 5C in August, with an 8.9% share of smartphone sales in the UK - not only topping the iPhone 5S with 7.6% but also Samsung's Galaxy S5 with 6.0%, making it the best-selling phone that month.

The findings are thought to be a result of the iPhone 5C attracting "a slightly less tech-savvy buyer who will be less likely to be holding off for the iPhone 6", as explained by ComTech's global strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo.

"Historically in the month before a new iPhone is released we see a drop in sales share for Apple as users hold out for the new model. However, Apple has managed to limit the drop this year."

The report claims that of the 13.3 million iPhone owners in the UK, almost a third are ready for an upgrade, amounting to some 4 million handsets.

However, Sunnebo adds that loyalty is not Apple's biggest challenge in relation to increased sales.

"Loyalty has never been Apple's problem, but attracting customers away from Android has been a challenge," he added.

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Google has launched an education-focused version of Google Drive, offering students unlimited cloud storage.

Drive for Education supports individual file uploads of up to 5TB in size, and is complimentary for institutes signed up to Google's free Apps for Education suite.

"We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience - not the technology that supports it," said Apps for Education chief Ben Schrom.

"With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment."

The Drive for Education team has made security a top priority, with files encrypted for the duration of their journey from devices to the company's servers.

The launch of the education-centric version of Google Drive follows the release of Drive for Work, an enterprise edition, in June.

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Apple handset sales remained steady in the run-up to the launch of the iPhone 6, bucking a long-standing trend, new figures suggest.

Sales of older devices traditionally slump ahead of a major product unveiling, but data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggests that the damage was not nearly as bad this time around.

Business may have dipped by 1.6% in July, but the overall downturn in the build-up to the iPhone 6 was less than half of what Apple experienced ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5S.

The figures were attributed to the success of the iPhone 5C, which Kantar analysts claim has been a big hit among less tech-savvy customers.

"The iPhone 5C tends to attract a slightly less tech savvy buyer who will be less likely to be holding off for the iPhone 6," said Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar's strategic insight director.

The iPhone 5C was the bestselling handset in Britain throughout August, accounting for 8.9% of all sales, with the iPhone 5S coming in second on 7.6%, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on 6%.

Kantar estimates that around a third of the 13.3 million iPhone owners in Britain are ready to upgrade to the latest model.


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