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August 12, 2014, 8:00 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Yo now lets you send links, “Yo” hashtags and set up IFTTT-style alerts with other services  —  Yo, a simple messaging app that sends nothing but the word “Yo,” just got a little more complicated.  —  In its first major update, the iOS app now gives you the option to show a photo and your full name.
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 …
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.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
With former Google manager at the helm, the White House launches “US Digital Service” to institutionalize the process that fixed HealthCare.gov  —  White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm  —  President Obama participates …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet launches on Indiegogo, with heads-up-display, GPS, rear-view camera, for $1,399  —  The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road  —  The stats around motorcycle safety in the United States are pretty bleak, but the folks at Skully …
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 …
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)
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Paid $134 Million for Gnip  —  Twitter pulled back the curtain on the financial details of its Gnip acquisition on Monday.  The total: $134 million in stock and cash for the Boulder, Colorado-based startup.  The package, outlined in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Kevin Collier / The Kernel:
An interview with convicted LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond on how he got caught by the FBI  —  The fall of the FBI's most-wanted cybercriminal  —  On an unseasonably cold Saturday afternoon in March 2012, Jeremy Hammond, one of the most destructive hackers in American history …

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