August 8, 2014, 11:15 AM

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China refutes claim of government ban on Apple purchases  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists, according to the country's chief procurement center, refuting a report claiming Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook bans incentivizing users to Like Pages, gives developers until November 5 to update apps  —  In addition to releasing Graph API version 2.1 today, Facebook also announced two important changes to its Platform Policies under games and proper use.  Developers have 90 days (until November 5, 2014) to comply with the new rules.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Exclusive: Twitter-Mining News App SmartNews Raises $36 Million from Atomico and Gree  —  Japanese newsreading app SmartNews has raised $36 million in new funding, in a round led by growth-stage investment firm Atomico and mobile-social gaming company Gree.  —  The app is available on both iOS …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Stewart Butterfield set out to build a game and failed; instead, he created Flickr and Slack  —  The Most Fascinating Profile You'll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup  —  Stewart is hungry.  He's munching on potatoes smothered in chicken fat drippings, sitting by a long metal table …
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.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Facebook in Talks with Hollywood on ‘Oculus Experiences’  —  The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset's first target market might have been video games—an obvious area of interest for new parent company Facebook.  But it may soon go Hollywood too.  —  In recent weeks, Facebook representatives …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Brazil's Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America  —  The experiment with e-commerce and delivery services that's taking hold in the U.S. actually may see more traction in emerging markets, where big retailers had struggled because of infrastructure and logistics issues.

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