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August 6, 2014, 5:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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” …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google's YouTube Buys Mobile Video Startup Directr  —  In its latest effort to boost advertising by small businesses, Google said its YouTube unit had acquired Directr, a mobile-video app used by small businesses to create marketing videos.  —  No purchase price was disclosed.
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
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 …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @evgenymorozov
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 …
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.
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.
More: tecosystems and Forbes
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.
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.
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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony gives up on PlayStation Mobile for Android  —  No longer supported on newer phones and Android versions  —  Sony has announced that it will no longer support the Android side of PlayStation Mobile, its initiative to support cross-platform indie game publishing for the PS Vita and Google's OS.

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