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August 6, 2014, 1:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
China said to ban government purchases of iPads, MacBooks over security concerns  —  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 …
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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Foursquare 8.0 review: great for personalized food recommendations, but its future depends on keeping recommendations fresh without in-app check-ins  —  Foursquare 8.0 review: the ultimate food-finder  —  The check-in is dead, but Foursquare is alive  —  It's almost 11.
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 …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora strikes deal with artists through a group representing over 20,000 independent labels  —  Hear that?  Pandora and artists finally reach sweet harmony  —  Pandora's first ever direct deal with labels marks a new age for artist relations at the Web's top streaming-music service …
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence  —  Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year.  Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated …
More: 9to5Google
Julian Chokkattu / TechCrunch:
Doctor On Demand Raises $21M Series A And Adds Comcast As A Customer  —  Doctor on Demand, the service that lets you video connect with a U.S. physician on Android and iOS for $40, closed a $21 million Series A round led by Venrock, Shasta Ventures and angel investor Sir Richard Branson.
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 …
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Moto 360 Pics And Review Show It Next To The LG G Watch, Confirm Wireless Charging, IP67 Water Resistance, Heart Rate Sensor, And Good Battery Life  —  Luca Viscardi is one lucky, lucky, three times lucky guy.  He seems to have gotten his hands on a Moto 360 for an extended amount of time and has been putting it through its paces.
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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