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August 2, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP study: 250 security flaws found in just 10 of the most popular smart home devices  —  The Internet of Things Is the Hackers' New Playground  —  Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things?  Good.  Because hackers are too.  Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Plan Separating Photo Service From Google+  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is planning to give its photo service more autonomy from its Google+ social network as the company looks to attract more users, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Liat Clark / Wired.co.uk:
Facebook hit with international class action privacy suit … An Austrian privacy activist has launched a wide-reaching class action suit against Facebook Ireland for breaching European data protection law.  —  Anyone outside of the US and Canada can join activist and law student Max Schrems' suit via …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
US Judge's ruling in Microsoft email case will further erode trust in US tech companies abroad  —  How one judge single-handedly killed trust in the US technology industry  —  Summary: Well that's certainly a phrase one US judge can nail on the casket of her career.  —  Some people volunteer at shelters.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will oversee iTunes Radio  —  With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio  —  Now that Apple has officially swallowed Beats, Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, will also oversee the iPhone-maker's iTunes Radio efforts, according to people familiar with the matter.
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Source says no immediate layoffs at Beats, but a large number of positions could be eliminated in the next 3 to 12 months  —  Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
As of today, Americans can legally unlock their phones again  —  It's finally happened: as of today, unlocking your cellphone to work on other networks will be legal again in the US.  The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who helped pass legislation earlier this year …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft files contract dispute suit against Samsung, claiming the company stopped paying per-device patent royalties for its Android phones last year  —  Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung  —  Summary: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price  —  The technology works, but the business model doesn't  —  “Honey, can you turn off Netflix?  I'm trying to play Twisted Metal.”  —  In my life, I never thought I'd utter those words.
Elliot Bentley / Wall Street Journal:
New Twitter experiment provides definitions for some hashtags  —  Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags  —  Twitter appears to be testing a feature that will better organize its chaotic world of hashtags.  —  The new feature, seen by The Wall Street Journal in the Twitter app for iOS …

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