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August 14, 2014, 7:55 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Dash 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 one of the most frequently heard requests from its users.
More: 9to5Mac and SlashGear
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.
More: Re/code and SocialTimesTweets: @rww
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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