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August 4, 2014, 7:15 PM

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Doug Cameron / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Moves Closer to Formal Rules Barring In-Flight Cellphone Calls  —  Carriers Press for Final Decision to Be Left to Them, Not Transportation Department  —  The U.S. government is getting closer to its final word on whether to allow cellphone calls on airplanes.  And that word appears to be “no.”
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Square acquires food delivery startup Caviar in reported $90M all stock deal  —  It's Official: Square Acquires Food Delivery Service Caviar  —  Square has acquired curated food delivery service Caviar today, confirming earlier reports that the companies had been in serious talks.
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.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
IOActive researcher says firmware flaws in communication equipment could leave passenger jets open to attack  —  Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack  —  (Reuters) - Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researcher develops proof-of-concept attack that spoofs wireless key fobs to unlock car doors  —  Watch This Wireless Hack Pop a Car's Locks in Minutes  —  Shims and coat hangers are the clumsy tools of last century's car burglars.  Modern-day thieves, if they're as clever as Silvio Cesare …
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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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
NFL Now app with on-demand highlights and extensive archives coming to Apple TV this month  —  NFL Now app coming to Apple TV this month  —  The NFL will be launching a new NFL Now service later this month, and it will be coming to the Apple TV with a dedicated application …
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram starts looking more like Twitter with suggested follows and a curated Explore page  —  Instagram is embracing its inner Twitter  —  With suggested follows, curated content, and perhaps soon trending hashtags, Instagram looks to kick growth into high gear
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Xiaomi Overtakes Samsung in China Smartphone Market  —  China's “Little Rice” has gotten big.  —  Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker with the diminutive name, became the leading smartphone vendor in China in the second quarter, with its shipments exceeding Samsung 's for the first time …
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.
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.

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