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August 8, 2014, 5:05 PM

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Mark Ames / PandoDaily:
Judge rejects $324M settlement in anti-poaching class action suit against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe; says it should have been at least $380M  —  BREAKING: Judge strikes down Techtopus wage theft settlement  —  The judge overseeing the landmark Silicon Valley wage theft antitrust lawsuit …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Meta Watch's Meta M1 premium smartwatch is now available for preorder starting at $249  —  Meta Watch's ‘premium’ smartwatch is now available for pre-order  —  The Meta M1 can be had in a variety of colors and band options  —  Smartwatches are everywhere this year, but with few exceptions …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Windows Phone Store hits more than 300,000 apps  —  And Microsoft expects the number to get much larger with the arrival of “universal” Windows apps.  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone Store has reached a new milestone with more than 300,000 apps on its virtual shelves.
Re/code:
China's Alibaba Is Not Investing in Snapchat  —  Alibaba's interest in Snapchat has disappeared.  —  While there have been persistent reports, including one in Forbes today, that the Chinese e-commerce giant was going to make a big investment in the popular Los Angeles-area ephemeral messaging company …
More: VentureBeat and Forbes
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google is testing “Listen Now” ads with Spotify, Rhapsody, and Apple's Beats Music  —  Google Tests New Music Ads  —  Google is testing “Listen Now” ads with Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple 's Beats Music, the latest in a string of new ad formats that can simplify purchases for consumers.
More: 9to5MacTweets: @rolfewinkler
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 …

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