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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 …
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Now Tracks Users Even When the App Is Closed  —  Hiding in Foursquare's revamped mobile app is a feature some users might find creepy: It tracks your every movement, even when the app is closed.  —  Starting today, users who download or update the Foursquare app will automatically …
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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The Russian ‘hack of the century’ doesn't add up  —  Yesterday, The New York Times dropped an exclusive account of what reporter Nicole Perlroth called “the biggest hack ever.”  By the numbers it certainly held up: 1.2 billion accounts, covering 500 million unique email addresses over 420,000 websites.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands same-day delivery service to Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, NY, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, now outpaces competitors  —  With Newly Announced Expansions, Amazon's Same-Day Delivery Service Now Outpaces Competitors  —  Amazon's “Same-Day Delivery” …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
The Hesse era at Sprint was a 7-year struggle with Nextel and bad network decisions  —  History isn't going judge Dan Hesse's tenure kindly, but many of the problems Hesse faced weren't of his own making.  And instead of fixing Sprint's cultural flaws when he took over, SoftBank's Masayoshi Son only reinforced them.
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Leo Kelion / BBC:
Microsoft tips off authorities about child abuse images saved to OneDrive  —  Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania  —  Microsoft's terms and conditions say it has the right to scan images in users' accounts  —  A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man …
More: SlashGear
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
With Lyft Line, Passengers Can Split Fares For Shared Rides  —  On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is launching a new product in San Francisco today that it hopes will get more people using its service.  Called Lyft Line, the product is designed to lower costs for passengers …
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
The $400 million container company: Docker closes in on funding round of over $40 million  —  The cloud darling's upcoming round of financing comes at a time when the startup has been busy selling off its dotCloud business and has acquired a London-based development shop.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gmail now surfaces Unsubscribe links to the top of emails  —  Google today released a neat feature for those who like to reduce the number of emails they receive.  In short, Gmail will now surface the Unsubscribe link in certain emails to the top, beside the sender's email address.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Rolls Out Messaging So Pinners Can Have Conversations Around Shared Pins  —  Pinterest today is unveiling a new way users can communicate, collaborate and share with one another.  With the launch of a new messaging feature, users will be able to keep discussions going on Pinterest around …
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.
Evgeny Morozov / New York Times:'s project to connect the developing world is a gateway drug to Facebook  —  Facebook's Gateway Drug  —  SILICON VALLEY was once content to dominate the tech world.  But recently, its leading companies have ventured deep into areas well outside its traditional bailiwick …
Tweets: @evgenymorozov
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Paul Deneve brings YSL's Europe President and Retail Head into the Cupertino fold  —  Apple has just made another significant hire from the global fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent's Europe President and Retail Head Catherine Monier.  Sources say that Monier left the Paris …

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