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August 14, 2014, 12:00 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
More: CNET, Engadget and Inquirer
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.
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.
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.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Many US companies failing to uphold EU privacy rules, privacy group claims in FTC complaint  —  Summary: The rules that govern how EU data is treated in the US are being violated by major tech companies, according to a privacy group in a filed complaint to the FTC.  —  Zack Whittaker

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