August 7, 2014, 1:15 PM

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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Google partners with Barnes & Noble for same-day book deliveries from stores in West LA, SF Bay Area, and Manhattan  —  Google and Barnes & Noble Unite to Take on Amazon  —  Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google adds 36 university campuses across the US and Canada to Street View  —  Google today announced it has added 36 new university campuses across the US and Canada to Street View in Google Maps.  Want to go on a tour of a school without actually driving there and you know, walking?  Done.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
uBeam wireless charging technology, which uses ultrasound to charge portable electronics, expected to be on shelves within 2 years  —  Wireless Charging, at a Distance, Moves Forward for uBeam  —  LOS ANGELES — When Meredith Perry, 25, started studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania …
Sue Decker /
Ex-Yahoo president Sue Decker on investing in Alibaba and learning from doing business in China  —  An Insider's Account of the Yahoo-Alibaba Deal  —  Editor's note: When the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public, as it will soon, Yahoo will earn many times its significant original stake …
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Boost Encrypted Websites in Rankings  —  Move Aims to Prod Developers to Adopt Technology That Protects Against Hackers  —  Google Inc. wants to reward websites that are more secure.  —  The world's most popular search engine said it is now giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to Web pages that are encrypted.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows ‘Threshold’ expected to add virtual desktops, drop charms  —  Summary: Microsoft is going to do more than reintroduce a Start menu as part of its plan to make Windows 9, a k a ‘Threshold,’ more appealing to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users.
Katherine Clarke / NY Daily News:
Microsoft in talks for flashy Fifth Ave. store: sources  —  Tech giant would go head to head with Apple on prime Manhattan retail strip  —  Tech giant Microsoft is in negotiations to open its first ever New York City retail store on Fifth Ave., sources told the Daily News.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DHS background check contractor USIS hacked, personal information of employees likely stolen  —  DHS contractor suffers major computer breach, officials say  —  A major U.S. contractor that conducts background checks for the Department of Homeland Security has suffered a computer breach …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Krebs says report on the theft of 1.2B email accounts is “for real”, having seen the data  —  Q&A on the Reported Theft of 1.2B Email Accounts  —  My phone and email have been flooded with questions and interview requests from various media outlets since security consultancy …

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