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August 7, 2014, 7:20 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 …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple gives newly acquired Beats by Dre dedicated accessories section on online store  —  Following officially getting regulatory approval to complete its purchase of Beats, Apple today added a new section to its online store highlighting Beats by Dr. Dre products.
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 …
Joel Stein / Businessweek:
Silicon Valley Tech Entrepreneurs: Behind the Stereotype  —  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.
Reed Hastings / Facebook:
Netflix passed HBO in subscriber revenue last quarter, still behind on profits  —  Minor milestone: last quarter we passed HBO is subscriber revenue ($1.146B vs $1.141B).  They still kick our ass in profits and Emmy's, but we are making progress.  HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Nvidia quarterly profit beats estimates on gaming, mobile strength  —  The maker of graphics chips said three core businesses, including datacenter and cloud, gaming and mobile, improved in the July quarter.  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the Tegra K1 in January.  —  James Martin/CNET
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intuit buying UK-based cloud payroll service PaySuite  —  Summary: Back in April, the duo announced plans to integrate PaySuite with Intuit's flagship QuickBooks Online software to line up accounts and payroll in a single dashboard.  —  Intuit continues to rack up acquisitions this year …

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