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August 5, 2014, 11:00 AM

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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.”
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple changing Gatekeeper app signing rules in OS X 10.9.5 & Yosemite, could break some apps  —  An upcoming change introduced in the latest Mavericks and Yosemite developers previews will require some developers to re-sign their applications and submit updates to the Mac App Store in order to get around Gatekeeper's watchful eye.
Larry Hardesty / MIT News Office:
MIT researchers develop algorithm that extracts audio from silent video footage  —  Extracting audio from visual information  —  Algorithm recovers speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag filmed through soundproof glass.  —  Press Inquiries  —  Researchers at MIT, Microsoft …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon response to FCC's throttling concerns: everyone's doing it  —  Verizon Wireless has officially responded to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his data throttling concerns.  The Verge has obtained a copy of the carrier's response, which was written by Kathleen Grillo, the company's SVP of Federal Regulatory Affairs.
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 …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Uber launches People's Uber, a no-profit ridesharing service in Beijing  —  Some people might criticize alternative cab service Uber for taking in lots of money through its surge-pricing system for increasing prices when demand is high.  But the startup has been lowering its prices …
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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Gannett Said Near Deal to Buy Rest of Cars.com for $1.8 Billion  —  The Gannett Company is near a deal to buy the 73 percent of Cars.com that it does not already own for $1.8 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Monday, giving the media company complete control over the online car-sales website.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
comScore acquires MdotLabs, aims to curb ad fraud  —  Summary: ComScore said its aim is to eradicate non-human traffic from its audience and advertising measurements with MdotLabs' technology.  —  ComScore, which tracks and analyzes Web and mobile audience reach, said Monday it will acquire MdotLabs, which monitors non-human traffic.
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast gives 6 months free Internet to the poor and “amnesty” for unpaid bills  —  Low-income families get cheap Internet access from Comcast.  —  Flickr user: Karen Bryan  —  After complaints about a program that offers cheap Internet service to poor people, Comcast today announced it will provide …

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