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August 2, 2014, 2:55 PM

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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.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Share of Twitter users who don't use the official site or app, and thus don't see ads, grows to 14%  —  Twitter's User Problem: Fastest Gains Are People That Don't See Ads  —  Investors who drove up Twitter Inc. 's market value by more than $3 billion this week might want to read the fine print.
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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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
12 Years After Its Debut On Hacked Xboxes, XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi  —  Back in 2002, a small group of developers whipped together an app that was meant to turn a hacked Xbox into a full-fledged media player, capable of playing all sorts of video and music content that the Xbox couldn't handle out of the box.

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