August 4, 2014, 1:45 PM

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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rolls out Windows Phone 8.1 update featuring Live Folders and more to developers  —  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8.1 update is now rolling out  —  Developers get an early look at Live Folders and other new features  —  Microsoft's first update to Windows Phone 8.1 is rolling out to developers today.
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 …

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