August 8, 2014, 3:55 PM

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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.
Exclusive: Tango secondary financing values company at around $1.5 billion  —  (Reuters) - Tango, the mobile messaging company, is arranging a financing transaction that would value its business at around $1.5 billion, roughly one-third more than the valuation it received just five months ago …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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