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August 15, 2014, 2:15 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to deliver Windows ‘Threshold’ tech preview around late September  —  Summary: Microsoft is aiming to make available a technology preview of Windows Threshold around late September or early October.  —  Microsoft is aiming to deliver a “technology preview” of its Windows “Threshold” …
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 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row  —  Piling onto Apple's anti-poaching courtroom saga, a new lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of shareholders for financial losses related to alleged misconduct by senior directors, including late cofounder Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook.
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
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter  —  The Cable Guys Have Become the Internet Guys  —  The cable TV business hit an important milestone last month: It turned into the Internet business.  —  Last quarter, for the first time ever …
More: The Verge, VentureBeat and GigaomTweets: @b_fung
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Rocket Internet sells 10.7% stake to United Internet for 435m euros, giving it a 4.3b euro post-money valuation  —  This just in: German Internet services juggernaut United Internet is to become startup incubator Rocket Internet's latest shareholder, as it has agreed to acquire a 10.7 percent stake for a total of 435 million euros.
Tweets: @runacapital
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Profile of Gavin Andresen, who succeeded Satoshi Nakamoto as Bitcoin Core's chief developer  —  Meet Gavin Andresen, the Most Powerful Person in the World of Bitcoin  —  In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions about virtual currency outside his suburban home in Temple City, California.
Thanks:@srikardr
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Wayfair, the Online Furniture Seller, Files for IPO  —  Wayfair, the online home goods company that built its business for nearly a decade with no outside funding, is planning to go public in an IPO, according to paperwork filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tweets: @delrey
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
EyeEm Acquires Computer Vision Startup Sight.io To Make Photo Search And Discovery Better  —  Berlin-based photo-sharing platform EyeEm has acquired a smaller computer vision startup called Sight.io, both companies are announcing today.  As a part of the deal, Sight.io founder Appu Shaji …
Christopher White / Neowin:
Microsoft builds a Snapchat competitor called WindUp  —  It's no secret that Snapchat, the app that lets you send time-limited messages, has run into a few issues this year: From exposing nearly five million accounts, to the FTC ruling that the company was deceiving users, the app may still be popular but many people no longer trust it.
John Kell / Fortune:
Supervalu warns that payment card data from 200+ of its grocery stores may have been stolen  —  Supervalu warns card data may have been stolen  —  Supervalu on Friday warned its computer network was hacked and the intrusion could potentially have led to the theft of payment card data used at more than 200 grocery stores.

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