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August 6, 2014, 11:10 AM

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Bloomberg:
China bans iPads and MacBooks from government use over security fears  —  China Said to Exclude Apple From Procurement List  —  China's government excluded Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns …
New York Times:
Russian gang holds 1.2B username/password combos, stolen from 420K vulnerable websites scanned via botnet, say security researchers  —  Russian Gang Said to Amass More Than a Billion Stolen Internet Credentials  —  A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple, Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside U.S.  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) are starting to wind down their global patent battle.  —  The companies said in a joint statement today that they have agreed to drop all suits against each other in countries outside …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint taps Brightstar CEO Claure as new CEO  —  Claure replaces Dan Hesse, who has served as CEO since December 2007.  —  Sprint on Wednesday named Marcelo Claure its new president and CEO, starting a new chapter for the embattled carrier.  —  Claure, who is the 43-year-old founder and CEO …
Wall Street Journal:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Foursquare 8.0 review: the ultimate food-finder  —  The check-in is dead, but Foursquare is alive  —  It's almost 11.  If I don't make a move soon, I'm going to hit the brunch rush and have to wait two hours for a decent breakfast.  The problem is, I don't know what I want.  I'm not in the mood for anything.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple to hold iPhone event on Sept. 9  —  Code/red: Apple to Hold iPhone Event on Sept. 9  —  New iPhones to Suck All the Air Out of the Tech News Cycle on Sept. 9 Onstage at our inaugural Code conference earlier this summer, Apple SVP Eddy Cue described the company's fall product pipeline …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
With Operation Torpedo, FBI installs “drive-by” spyware on Tor web servers to identify visitors  —  Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer  —  Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia reveals 56 requests for user data in first transparency report; 50 links removed under Right to be Forgotten  —  Wikimedia Attacks Europe's Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind Wikipedia …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch to debut this fall for $399 with AT&T cellular connectivity and a Qualcomm mobile OS  —  Timex enters smartwatch category.  No phone needed.  —  NEW YORK — All the early smartwatches generating buzz (if not a lot of sales) come not from traditional watch brands …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations  —  Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads.  Since its launch …
Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo:
Inside DARPA's Transformative Apps program, the military's own app ecosystem making smartphones battle-ready  —  Inside the Military's Secretive Smartphone Program  —  When I recently set out for the Pentagon's R&D department, I instead found myself in front of a downtrodden shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia.
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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Uber announces UberPool, a ride-sharing, cost-splitting experiment to begin Aug. 15 in SF  —  UberPool Lets You Split Uber Fares With Other Passengers Along The Same Route  —  In the ongoing war between Uber, Lyft, and all of the other me-too ride-sharing services, competitors are looking …
BBC:
Sony gives up on selling e-readers  —  Sony has given up selling its line of Reader devices for e-books after failing to find a big enough market.  —  “We do not have plans to develop a successor Reader model at this time,” the Japanese firm told the BBC.  —  The PRS-T3 was the last version …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's Parse releases PHP SDK, its first for a server-side language and its first to be open source  —  Parse today released the Parse PHP SDK, which you can download yourself from GitHub.  The Facebook-owned company says the release is its first SDK for a server-side language as well as the first to be “truly open-source.”
Gilad Lotan / Global Voices:
Analysis: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter serve as siloed propaganda engines for Gaza news  —  Israel, Gaza, War & Data - The Art of Personalizing Propaganda  —  If you're rooting for Israel, you might have seen videos of rocket launches by Hamas adjacent to Shifa Hospital.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Cisco: new exploit kits, Java vulnerabilities, PoS attacks are most serious threats in 2014  —  Exploit kit variety, point-of-sale attacks reign in 2014: Cisco  —  Summary: Cisco's security team says that exploit variety is gaining steam, and both the Internet of Things and point …

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Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
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Igloo:
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