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August 7, 2014, 7:00 AM

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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 …
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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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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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.
Tweets: @gigaomThanks:@kfitchard
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.
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 …
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 …

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