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August 12, 2014, 2:53 PM

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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 …
Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Ex-Siri engineers promise consumer-friendly digital assistant “Viv” that can teach itself  —  Forget Siri: This Radical New AI Teaches Itself and Reads Your Mind  —  Viv was named after the Latin root meaning live.  Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tsotchkes bearing …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
OnePlus asks women to participate in degrading contest to get a smartphone  —  The startup OnePlus recently launched its first smartphone, the One, and to deal with production issues it's been letting people buy them by invitation-only, slowly offering them to more people as more are produced.
Erica Fink / CNNMoney.com:
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.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots  —  Twitter raised eyebrows last month when it suggested that many of its active users aren't actually human.  Now we know how many.  —  In a new filing, the company said that “up to approximately 8.5%” …
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 …
More: Gigaom and The VergeTweets: @incanus77Thanks:@davidlidsky
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Activision to break with past, release Skylanders for consoles, tablets  —  For the first time, the game giant will launch a top-tier console title on a tablet at the same time it's coming out for the PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii.  Skylanders toys will, of course, join the fray.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple's Diversity Report: 70 percent Male, 55 percent White in U.S.  —  Apple is the latest company to release a report on the diversity of its workforce, saying Tuesday that its numbers represent a work in progress to the diversity it hopes to achieve over time.  —  Currently 7 in 10 of its workers globally are male.
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:
Twitter launches Promoted Video ads in beta, only charging advertisers when a user hits play  —  Twitter today introduced Promoted Video ads in beta.  The company is offering advertisers a new Cost Per View (CPV) ad buying model which means they only get charged when a user starts playing the video in question.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
RelayRides Adds $10 Million From Trinity And Looks To Expand Peer-To-Peer Airport Rentals  —  When we last checked in with peer-to-peer car rental startup RelayRides about six weeks ago, it had raised $25 million in Series B funding led by Canaan Partners.  Well, it wasn't quite finished raising money …
More: Skift and PE Hub BlogThanks:@stevendwebb
GSMArena.com:
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.
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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Sony has sold 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide  —  Sony is on a roll.  During its press conference at Gamescom 2014, the company announced it has now sold 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide.  —  To be clear, this is the number of consoles that have been bought by consumers …
More: CNET, PlayStation.Blog and BetaNewsTweets: @siracusa
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 …

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