August 12, 2014, 12:00 PM

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Apple suppliers begin production of new iPads, 9.7-inch to feature anti-reflective coating  —  Apple's Suppliers Said to Begin Production of New IPad Tablets  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, according to people with knowledge of the matter …
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Apple in talks with Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Allscripts about its HealthKit service  —  Exclusive: Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has been discussing how its “HealthKit” service will work with health providers …
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Lyft says 177 Uber employees have ordered and cancelled 5,560 Lyft rides since last October  —  Uber's dirty tricks quantified: Rival counts 5,560 canceled rides  —  Uber is using a pattern of aggressive and questionable tactics in its effort to control the car-on-demand market, according to rivals.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Xbox One to offer TV streaming on SmartGlass, video playback via USB and DLNA network streaming  —  Just before its Gamescom presentation kicked off, Microsoft announced some hefty updates for its Xbox One video game console affecting some of the core apps, SmartGlass and live TV.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires ‘Pandora For Places’ App Zofari  —  Another acquisition for Yahoo, this one focused on improving the company's local search capabilities: it has bought Zofari, a local recommendation app that uses machine learning, natural language processing and third-party data from sources …
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Square killed prototype credit card due to legal hurdles and fear it would alienate partners  —  Why Jack Dorsey Killed The Square Credit Card  —  Square, the payments startup from Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, has prototyped a Square credit card.  The plastic card is all black …
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Meet Marques Brownlee, the 20-year-old tech reviewer with over 1.5M subscribers on YouTube  —  Meet ‘The Best Technology Reviewer On The Planet,’ Who Is Only 20 Years Old  —  Marques Brownlee is just 20 years old, but there's arguably no one better on the internet when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gartner: Chromebook sales will grow 79% to 5.2 million units in 2014, but ‘will remain a niche market’  —  Chromebooks are expected to reach 5.2 million units in 2014, a 79 percent increase from 2013, according to Gartner.  While the growth is certainly notable, the overall figures aren't impressive just yet.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia unveils blazing-fast 64-bit Project Denver processor for Android devices  —  Graphics chip maker Nvidia revealed the architectural details of its codenamed Project Denver processor for mobile devices.  —  The custom-designed central processing unit (CPU) combines both processor and graphics capabilities on the same chip.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Twitter's planned revamp of its DM feature could reduce email overload  —  Twitter's Small Chance To Maim Email  —  There was a time, years ago, when Twitter almost killed their direct messaging product.  The thought process seemed to be that it was an odd bit of cruft around an otherwise elegant, simple product.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
The war Uber faces: how it's battling GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi in Southeast Asia  —  Whoever could have predicted that private car-for-hire and taxi-booking apps would one day be one of the hottest things in the tech scene?  In Southeast Asia, a fierce battle is unfolding between three players …
Exclusive: 5-inch Moto G2 to ship on Sept 10 for €250  —  The successor of Motorola Moto G, rumored as Moto G2 and Moto G+1, should be available for purchase on September 10.  The information comes from a retailer, which got the info straight from a Motorola rep.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Activision's Skylanders toys landing on tablets this fall  —  For the first time, the game giant is releasing a top-tier console title on a tablet at the same time as it's coming out for the PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii.  —  This year's version of Skylanders will work with a tablet, too.  —  Activision
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Private cloud group Platform9 launches in beta with $4.5M series A from Redpoint Ventures  —  VMware Vets Get $4.5M In Series A To Launch Private Cloud Management Platform  —  Back in 2009 I saw a talk by then VMware CTO Steve Herrod, now a partner at General Catalyst Partners …
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
With $12M in new cash, EverString wants businesses to boost sales with machine learning  —  The big data startup uses machine-learning algorithms to weed out the good leads from the bad leads in a company's marketing database.  —  EverString, a big data startup that helps companies identify …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Smartphone ‘kill-switch’ bill headed to California governor  —  A bill requiring smartphone makers to include antitheft software on devices sold in California is one step away from becoming law.  —  State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introducing the bill during a press conference in February.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
FCC task force to study use of “Stringray” cell network spying tools by spies and crime gangs  —  Feds to study illegal use of spy gear  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testified before the House Communications and Technology panel on Capitol Hill in December.  (Reuters/Gary Cameron)
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