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August 6, 2014, 12:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
China bans iPads and MacBooks from government use over security fears  —  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 …
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Foursquare 8.0 review: the ultimate food-finder  —  The check-in is dead, but Foursquare is alive  —  It's almost 11.  If I don't make a move soon, I'm going to hit the brunch rush and have to wait two hours for a decent breakfast.  The problem is, I don't know what I want.  I'm not in the mood for anything.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint taps Brightstar CEO Claure as new CEO  —  Claure replaces Dan Hesse, who has served as CEO since December 2007.  —  Sprint on Wednesday named Marcelo Claure its new president and CEO, starting a new chapter for the embattled carrier.  —  Claure, who is the 43-year-old founder and CEO …
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Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
With Operation Torpedo, FBI installs “drive-by” spyware on Tor web servers to identify visitors  —  Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer  —  Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia reveals 56 requests for user data in first transparency report; 50 links removed under Right to be Forgotten  —  Wikimedia Attacks Europe's Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind Wikipedia …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch to debut this fall for $399 with AT&T cellular connectivity and a Qualcomm mobile OS  —  Timex enters smartwatch category.  No phone needed.  —  NEW YORK — All the early smartwatches generating buzz (if not a lot of sales) come not from traditional watch brands …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations  —  Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads.  Since its launch …
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China anti-trust regulator conducts new raids on Microsoft, Accenture  —  (Reuters) - A Chinese anti-trust regulator conducted new raids on Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and partner in China Accenture PLC (ACN.N), the agency said on its website on Wednesday, after saying last week Microsoft is under investigation for anti-trust violations.
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.
Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo:
Inside DARPA's Transformative Apps program, the military's own app ecosystem making smartphones battle-ready  —  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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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
AOL misses EPS estimates, but beats expectations on Q2 revenue, up 12% to $606.8M  —  AOL Reports Another Strong Quarter, Makes Marissa Mayer and Yahoo Look Even Worse  —  AOL delivered a solid earnings report Wednesday morning.  —  It beat expectations on revenue and EPS, which was down 3% compared with a year ago.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's Parse releases PHP SDK, its first for a server-side language and its first to be open source  —  Parse today released the Parse PHP SDK, which you can download yourself from GitHub.  The Facebook-owned company says the release is its first SDK for a server-side language as well as the first to be “truly open-source.”
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora strikes deal with artists through a group representing over 20,000 independent labels  —  Hear that?  Pandora and artists finally reach sweet harmony  —  Pandora's first ever direct deal with labels marks a new age for artist relations at the Web's top streaming-music service …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Felicis Raises New $96M Fund, Pledges To Always Vote Shares With Founders  —  Five to ten years ago, the notion of a super-angel, or an angel backed with a notable but still small-sized fund, was relatively new concept.  —  There were players like Aydin Senkut, Jeff Clavier and Dave McClure.
Gilad Lotan / Global Voices:
Analysis: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter serve as siloed propaganda engines for Gaza news  —  Israel, Gaza, War & Data - The Art of Personalizing Propaganda  —  If you're rooting for Israel, you might have seen videos of rocket launches by Hamas adjacent to Shifa Hospital.

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