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August 14, 2014, 8:55 PM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Samsung acquires smart-home controller startup SmartThings for $200M  —  Internet of Bling: Samsung Buys SmartThings for $200 Million  —  Samsung has bought SmartThings, the startup that makes smart-home controllers.  While the companies did not disclose the price, sources …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Ask.com Buys Ask.fm, an Anonymous Q.&A. Start-Up  —  Ask, and ye shall receive.  —  Ask.com, the Oakland, Calif.-based company owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, announced on Thursday it had acquired Ask.fm, a highly popular question-and-answer website.  —  The move signals Ask.com's first significant push into social networking.
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Tech executives Zuckerberg, Nadella, Costolo, Schiller, and others take “ice bucket challenge” to raise ALS awareness  —  Ice Bucket Challenge: Zuckerberg, Nadella and More  —  The “ice bucket challenge,” a campaign to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) …
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 …
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.
IDC:
Smartphone shipments surpass 300M in Q2, Android and iOS dominate with 96% global marketshare  —  Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Edge Past 300 Million Units in the Second Quarter; Android and iOS Devices Account for 96% of the Global Market, According to IDC
BBC:
Berlin bans Uber app citing passenger safety  —  The mobile taxi app Uber has been banned in Berlin by the city's State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.  —  In a statement, the authority said it had banned the app on passenger safety grounds and threatened the firm with a 25,000 euro …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook VP Sam Lessin Is Leaving the Company  —  Sam Lessin, Facebook's VP of product management, is leaving the company.  —  Lessin announced his departure on his Facebook page Thursday afternoon.  He originally joined Facebook when his startup, a storage company called Drop.io …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Motorola plans Sept 4 event to debut Moto 360, Moto X, G sequels  —  The company is hosting an event in Chicago for the eagerly anticipated smartwatch, with an array of other products in tow.  —  Motorola Mobility's Moto 360 smartwatch will finally get its official launch.
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Q&A: Lenovo CEO on How It Plans to Grow With Smartphones  —  Last year, Lenovo Group became the world's largest personal-computer maker, overtaking Hewlett-Packard.  Now, the Chinese company is trying to repeat the success with smartphones, competing head-on with Samsung Electronics in emerging markets.
Florin T. / PhoneArena:
Meet the 6-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2  —  Samsung is getting ready to launch a successor to the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 from last year: a new device that should be called Galaxy Mega 2.  While we heard about it several times before, it's only now that we get to see what the handset looks like …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Best Buy's smart home hub “Peq”: $9.99 a month for service, hardware bundles start at $120  —  Meet Peq, The Next Smart Home Hub  —  As if we didn't have enough smart home hub entrants, Peq appears poised to launched.  Pronounced “peek”, we believe this newcomer is Best Buy's answer …
Missy Cummings / Wired:
FAA needs to speed up U.S. drone policy development and R&D strategy to compete globally  —  We Need to Reform Our Drone Policies (But This Isn't About Privacy)  —  Last week the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria using F-18 fighter jets and predator drones.

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