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August 4, 2014, 4:20 PM

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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.
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.
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
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 …
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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