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NSA and FBI covertly monitored emails of several Muslim-Americans, including a political candidate and civil rights activists  —  Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On  —  The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google, Canon, Dropbox and Others Pool Patents to Ward Off Trolls  —  A coalition of technology companies large and small has created a sort of arms-control treaty to prevent future abuses of their intellectual property.  —  Among Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana, there are nearly 300,000 patent assets on the line.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple noted to the FTC in January that Google Play also allowed kids to make unauthorized in-app purchases  —  Apps and kids: Google may be next in FTC crosshairs  —  Apple leaped into action after the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on iPhone and iPad apps that let kids spend their parents' money without permission.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
High school interns hired by Silicon Valley's tech giants can make more than US average income  —  Silicon Valley's Talent Grab Spawns High-School Interns  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Android Smartphone And Tablet Screen Mirroring To Chromecast  —  Google has released a feature for Chromecast announced at Google I/O this year - Android device screen mirroring.  The update today brings the much-desired feature to all Chromecast-capable devices and makes Google Cast …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cloud now offering 2TB of free storage for a year to compete with Amazon and Microsoft  —  With Google Offer, Cloud Storage Gets Closer to Free  —  Google Wednesday fired another shot in the price wars for cloud-computing services, offering businesses more free storage in an effort …
More: eWeek and 9to5Google
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft readies three new Office 365 plans for small and mid-size businesses  —  Summary: Microsoft is introducing three new Office 365 plans for small and midsize business users this October.  Here's what's coming.  —  One of the primary markets where Microsoft goes head-to-head with Google …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google Glass creator: Glass not only answer to life after smartphones  —  Babak Parviz, a Google X director who led development of the product, talks about the beginnings of Glass, and where he hopes it will go.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It seems like everyone's got an opinion on Google Glass …
BBC:
Apple suffers Siri patent case defeat in China  —  Apple has failed in its attempt to get a Chinese company's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid.  —  The verdict threatens Apple's ability to offer its voice-controlled virtual assistant, Siri, in the country.
Wall Street Journal:
EU Begins Questioning Facebook Rivals Over WhatsApp Deal  —  Formal Review Could Be Test Case For Competition Law Application in Social Media  —  European Union antitrust officials have started questioning rival firms about Facebook Inc. 's proposed $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
LG's new KizON wristband is a wearable for kids that lets parents track their location  —  LG is going all out to make its presence felt in the wearables space — after its Android Wear-based G Watch went on sale across the world yesterday, it has unveiled today a new wearable device for kids, the KizON wristband.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
137 Ventures Raises $137M Second Fund To Offer Early Liquidity To Startup Execs  —  Secondary investment firm 137 Ventures is announcing that it has raised a $137 million new fund.  (That number has to be intentional, right?)  —  When the firm was founded in 2010, it was pitched as an alternative …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Texas lawyer sues Tor for providing tools used by revenge porn site  —  Encryption service Tor has been caught up in a Texas revenge porn lawsuit.  Yesterday, attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke linked to a lawsuit filing against Pink Meth, a nude photos site accessible only to users of the encryption software.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft drops case that severed DNS hosting for millions of No-IP nodes  —  Microsoft has formally settled legal differences with No-IP, the dynamic domain name host that was kneecapped by a botnet takedown that recently knocked out service to millions of legitimate hostnames.
More: PC World
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
ServiceNow to Acquire Israel's Neebula for $100 Million  —  ServiceNow, the cloud software company that helps other companies automate their corporate IT environments, will pay $100 million in cash to acquire Neebula, an Israeli startup.  —  Neebula's speciality is a system for discovering …
More: VentureBeat and RTTNews
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Pledges $3 Billion for Semiconductor Research  —  Computer Giant's Research Will Seek to Tackle Obstacles to Shrinking Circuitry, Develop Alternative Materials  —  International Business Machines Corp. on Wednesday pledged to spend $3 billion over five years on semiconductor research …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Sony Nabs Verizon As Partner, Xperia Z2 First Exclusive  —  With its very light and waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z2 is one of the best iPad Air alternatives, but most people don't know it exists.  Verizon hopes to change that by offering an exclusive version of the tablet with 4G LTE …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A profile of ex-Googler Morgan Marquis-Boire, now director of security at First Look Media  —  The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World's Spy Agencies  —  During his last six years working as an elite security researcher for Google, the hacker known as Morgan Mayhem spent his nights …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Quarterly tablet PC shipments to fall for the first time ever  —  Summary: For the past several years, tablet PCs and smartphones have been the primary growth driver in the smart device category, but that cash cow might be running dry.  —  Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
More: iMore and The Next Web
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google issues ‘workaround’ to fix bug affecting paid-for apps on Android Wear devices  —  Google has released details of a “workaround” that fixes a troublesome issue that is preventing paid-for apps from working on Android Wear devices.  —  The issue was highlighted by Android Police …

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