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August 6, 2014, 6:40 AM

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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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Sprint to name Marcelo Claure, board member and head of Brightstar, as its new CEO  —  Exclusive: Sprint to Name Brightstar's Marcelo Claure as CEO  —  Sprint plans to name Marcelo Claure, one of its board members and head of wireless distributor Brightstar, as its new CEO, Re/code has learned from a number of sources.
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Abandoning Pursuit of T-Mobile  —  Sprint Corp. is ending its pursuit of T-Mobile US Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  The company and its parent, SoftBank Corp. decided it simply would be too difficult to win approval from regulators, the people said.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Evgeny Morozov / New York Times:
Internet.org'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 …
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Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo:
Inside DARPA's “Transformative Apps” program, the military's own app ecosystem  —  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 …
Joey Cosco / Business Insider:
SF parking app Sweetch goes open-source after city warns it that its business is unlawful  —  Banned San Francisco Parking App Goes Open Source To Find A Solution To SF's Parking Problem  —  After the city of San Francisco essentially banned it, the parking app Sweetch responded by starting Freetch …
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:
Justin.tv shuts down after 7 years amid reports Google is acquiring Twitch  —  Twitch today announced that the Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service.  A very simple explanation is given for the shutdown: since rebranding the company to Twitch Interactive in February 2014 …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Groupon shares drop 17% after Q2 revenue of $752M falls short of analyst expectations  —  Groupon shares plunge after Q2 revenue of $752 million falls short of expectations  —  Wall Street had bigger expectations for Groupon's second quarter results.  —  While the daily deals leader …

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