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August 4, 2014, 1:25 PM

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Square acquires food delivery startup Caviar in reported $90M all stock deal  —  Square Will Announce Acquisition of Food Delivery Startup Caviar This Week  —  Square is on a mission to diversify, and it's turning to the red-hot food delivery industry to do so.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
4.7" Samsung Galaxy Alpha with 720p display, metal construction, and iPhone-like chamfered edges expected to be announced this month  —  Leaked photos show Samsung Galaxy Alpha in white  —  With the Galaxy Alpha getting closer and closer to an official unveil, quite a few details have leaked about Samsung's upcoming metal-clad phone.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires Angela Ahrendts' confidant & former Nike exec to lead social media efforts  —  Apple is giving its social media department a significant shot in the arm this week.  The Cupertino-based company has hired Musa Tariq, the former social media chief for both Nike and Burberry.
Tweets: @jspepper
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Hidden sensors embedded in everyday objects like car seats may be more useful than wearables  —  Sensors And Sensitivity  —  There's only so much practical real estate on the human body for wearables — unless you're willing to revive the over-accessorizing trend of the 1980s.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Q&A with Pinterest's Evan Sharp on the company's function, competitors, and ambition  —  What Is Pinterest?  A Database of Intentions  —  Evan Sharp, one of the co-founders of Pinterest, delves into what the wildly popular image-collecting site is really about, and what it's likely to do in the future.
More: WebProNewsTweets: @pmarca, @scottjenson and @elizabethThanks:@srikardr
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Beijing to bar Symantec, Kaspersky anti-virus in procurement: report  —  (Reuters) - China has excluded U.S.-based Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) and Russia's Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved anti-virus software vendors, according to a Chinese media report suggesting Beijing is expanding efforts to limit use of foreign technology.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Why these startups think chat apps are the next big thing in workplace collaboration  —  The big cloud storage companies like Amazon and the file-sync players like Box aren't the only ones rolling out work-collaboration features; there's a host of startups generating a lot of interest …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Background on Iliad, the French wireless newcomer that made a surprise bid for T-Mobile  —  What the Hell Is Iliad, T-Mobile's Latest Suitor?  —  When French telecommunications company Iliad announced its interest in acquiring a controlling stake in T-Mobile U.S., the surprise $15 billion bid drew …
Tanvi Misra / NPR:
Google faces challenges in trying to support every written language with its Noto font family  —  Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?  —  Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects — digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars.
Tweets: @anildash

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
The First Brands Doing Cool Things with Beacons  —  The technology for beacons has been lingering out there since the launch of iOS 7, but it's only now that people are starting to notice.
AdExchanger:
GRP 2.0: How To Defibrillate An Old Metric With Fresh Data  —  The gross rating point (GRP) has time - and money, in the form of TV budgets - on its side, but a slew of new entrants in TV-to-digital measurement could disrupt what was once a Nielsen-run show.
 

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