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August 14, 2014, 9:50 AM

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Girls Who Code has grown from 20 students at Facebook in 2012 to 380 at 16 companies in 2014  —  No boys allowed: Girls Who Code takes on gender gap  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Each morning this summer, Jazmine Fernandez hopped the subway to downtown Oakland and boarded a shuttle bus bound for Silicon Valley.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Beats Music “Listen Now” feature starts rolling out to Shazam iOS app  —  Users of the Shazam iOS application have begun noticing that Shazam is testing a new “Listen Now” feature with the Apple-owned Beats Music streaming service.  Like it does with both iTunes Radio, Spotify, and Rdio …
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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Apple bans use of benzene and n-hexane during the final assembly of iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, and various accessories  —  Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Sony hopes its ‘Album of the Day’ app for iOS will make you buy digital records again  —  Digital music sales are beginning to slow, but Sony is hoping to reverse that trend with its new ‘Album of the Day’ app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  As the name implies, Sony will promote …
Reuters:
Canada's Desire2Learn raises $85 mln for global e-learning push  —  Canada's D2L Inc said on Thursday it raised $85 million in venture capital funds, the country's biggest such deal this year, as the fast-growing owner of educational software maker Desire2Learn looks to ramp up its overseas expansion.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Luminal Closes $10M Series B Round For Its Cloud Management Service  —  Luminal, a Maryland-based service that helps businesses manage their cloud deployments, today announced that is has secured a $10 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates.  This brings the company's total funding to $13.8 million.
More: Gigaom and PE Hub Blog
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Twitter vows to “improve our policies” after Robin Williams' daughter is bullied off the network  —  Twitter has promised to improve and expand its policies after Robin Williams' daughter is bullied off of the social network.  Internet trolls bullied Robin Williams' daughter off of Twitter …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Dash's “smart driving” app, which analyzes data from your car's On Board Diagnostic port, arrives on iPhone  —  Dash's Smart Driving App Arrives On iPhone  —  The Dash smart driving assistant that made its debut earlier this year on Android has launched on iPhone answering …
More: 9to5Mac and SlashGear
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Facial recognition tech leads feds to fugitive after 14 years  —  A cold case comes back to life after facial recognition software recognizes an alleged US outlaw who'd been hiding out in Nepal.  —  Facial recognition technology used on the photo in the Neil Stammer wanted poster led to his arrest.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spring, David Tisch's Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping  —  For the past year, investor and serial entrepreneur David Tisch has been working with his brother Alan to build an enjoyable way to shop on mobile.  Today, that fruits of that labor springs onto the scene.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
UberTaxi hits the streets of Hong Kong  —  Two months after Uber rolled its app-connected limo service into Hong Kong, the US-based startup is today launching UberTaxi in the city.  This allows people to grab a conventional, licensed Hong Kong cab - and pay for it via a cash-less transaction - within the Uber app.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Flipboard will introduce video 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 (soon) and others.
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.
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 …

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