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August 14, 2014, 12:55 AM

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James Bamford / Wired:
Edward Snowden is extensively interviewed in Moscow by NSA whistleblower James Bamford  —  Edward Snowden: The Untold Story  —  I am staying at the Hotel Metropol, a whimsical sand-colored monument to pre-revolutionary art nouveau.  Built during the time of Czar Nicholas II …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
NSA developing “MonsterMind” system to autonomously block and retaliate against cyberattacks  —  Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously  —  Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government's sweeping surveillance programs over the last year.
Cam Bunton / TmoNews:
T-Mobile to throttle customers who use unlimited LTE data for torrents/p2p  —  In an internal memo to staff, it's been revealed that T-Mobile is going to clamp down on users taking advantage of their unlimited 4G/LTE plans for peer-to-peer file sharing and other misuse of their data allowance.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Lenovo first quarter net profit climbs 23 percent as smartphone sales surge  —  People walk past a Lenovo shop in Hefei, Anhui province, October 18, 2013.  —  (Reuters) - Lenovo Group, the world's biggest maker of personal computers, said net income jumped 23 percent in the first fiscal quarter …
Karma Allen / CNBC:
Cisco cutting 8% of workforce, or 6,000 jobs, in restructuring plan  —  Cisco is reporting EPS of $0.55 ex-items on revenue of $12.36 billion, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.  —  Cisco Systems delivered quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations on Wednesday and posted …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft updates Bing's conversational understanding to let you ask follow-up questions, just like Cortana  —  Microsoft today updated Bing with a very interesting new feature that builds on its investments in entity and conversational understanding.  In short, you can now ask follow-up questions that reference your previous question.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Flipboard will introduce videos ads in September with Chanel as an initial partner  —  Social reading service Flipboard is the latest US social network to go down the route of video advertising, following the path of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others.  —  Speaking Read Write's …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intuit Acquires ItDuzzit, An IFTTT-Style Service For Businesses To Connect Cloud Apps  —  More acquisitions for Intuit as it continues to build out its cloud services platform for small and medium businesses.  It has bought itDuzzit — a Chicago-based startup that provides tools for businesses …
Alex Byers / Politico:
Comcast and Time Warner pay total of $132K to sponsor dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Clyburn  —  Comcast, Time Warner Cable help honor Mignon Clyburn amid merger review  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at a time when the agency …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel using big data and wearable sensors to track Parkinson's  —  Michael J Fox Foundation tests sensors to track Parkinson's  —  Michael J Fox's charity backed the study, but he is not personally involved in the tests  —  The Michael J Fox Foundation …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Goes After Square in the Way It Knows Best: Pricing  —  Amazon unveiled its long-awaited credit card reader on Wednesday, pitting it against Square and other companies in the battle to provide small businesses with an easier and cheaper way to accept credit card and debit card purchases.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Jim Cowie / Renesys:
Internet Touches Half Million Routes: Outages Possible Next Week  —  There was minor consternation in Internet engineering circles today, as the number of IPv4 networks worldwide briefly touched another magic “power of 2″ size limit.  As it turns out, 512K (524,288 to be exact …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Google, HP in partnership talks to make Google Now a tool for searching company information  —  Google Is Chasing Apple's Mega Deal With IBM  —  Google is in talks with HP to make a bigger push for Android in the enterprise.  —  According to The Information, Google's Android unit …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia  —  Amazon has made a rare investment in Acquia, a Burlington, Mass.-based digital marketing company that operates on Amazon's cloud services.  The undisclosed investment piggybacks on a $50 million round closed …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram appoints Facebook's James Quarles as Global Head of Business and Brand Development  —  Instagram Hires New Ad Chief  —  Instagram is ready to make some money.  —  Facebook Regional Director James Quarles has been tapped as Instagram's new Global Head of Business and Brand Development, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

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