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August 14, 2014, 6:25 PM

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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.
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Quentyn Kennemer / Phandroid:
Retailer leaks Galaxy Note 4 specs: 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805, 4K video and more  —  While it won't be terribly long before Samsung lets us in on their little Samsung Galaxy Note 4 secret, we're eager to find out what's in store for their second half flagship ahead of its September 3rd revelation.
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.

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