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August 6, 2014, 11:45 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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 …
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:
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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Roger Cheng / CNET:
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: CNET and SlashGear
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.
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” …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Yelp lied about review policies to inflate stock price, lawsuit claims  —  An investors' class action lawsuit against Yelp could help reveal whether rumors about the company's ad practices, which have never been proven, are true.  —  Yelp, a site that lets consumers post reviews of local businesses …
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.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Fox-IT and FireEye provide keys for Cryptolocker ransomware victims to unlock their files  —  Ransomware victims given free fix  —  Before now Cryptolocker victims had to pay a hefty fee to get the keys to unlock their data  —  All 500,000 victims of Cryptolocker can now recover files encrypted …
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
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 …
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Twitch implements YouTube-like system for blocking copyrighted audio  —  Twitch users now need to be more vigilant about the music they play while making gameplay videos.  Starting today, Twitch is now scanning videos for unauthorized third-party audio — in-game and ambient music — and automatically muting that content.

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