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August 7, 2014, 4:40 PM

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Louis Gray / Google Developers Blog:
Google Fit Preview SDK now available  —  At Google I/O we announced Google Fit: an open platform for developers to more easily build fitness apps.  Today we're making a preview SDK available to developers so that you can start to build.  —  Google Fit provides a single set of APIs for apps …
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 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple details ‘Siri for Mac’ desktop virtual assistant in new patent application  —  While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a system very similar to the iOS virtual assistant that can perform dictation …
Joel Stein / Businessweek:
Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley  —  Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots.  He's 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him.  His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteinian tufts.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore  —  Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company.  The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore's technology …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft turns its Xbox One into a digital TV tuner with $40 adapter for Europe  —  Microsoft is planning to release a digital TV tuner adapter to allow European Xbox One owners to turn their consoles into a TV set-top box.  Launching in October in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Zynga Misses on Revenue, Lowers Full-Year Guidance  —  Zynga is trying to reinvent itself on mobile — but that reinvention will take some more time, the company said today in its Q2 earnings report.  —  The San Francisco-based gaming company reported bookings of $175 million in the quarter …
Sue Decker / HBR.org:
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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Alex Knapp / Forbes:
IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain  —  “I'm holding in my hand a chip with one million neurons, 256 million synapses, and 4096 cores.  With 5.4 billion transistors, it's the largest chip IBM has built.”  —  Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha sounds positively giddy as he talks to me on the phone.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
The Snowden Effect: Yahoo To Join Gmail In Offering Users End-To-End Encryption  —  Yahoo users may have benefited most from the “Snowden effect.”  The tech company was a laggard when it came to security practices until the NSA leaker's disclosures made clear the extent to which weak security practices …

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