August 15, 2014, 3:40 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” …
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.
More: Fortune and VentureBeatTweets: @delrey
Casey Newton / The Verge:
SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: “all about scale”, but will remain independent  —  Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung?  —  Making every home a smart home  —  It was just two years ago that home-automation company SmartThings began life as a Kickstarter project.
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.
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: Quartz, VentureBeat, The Verge and GigaomTweets: @b_fung
Robin Wauters /
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.
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.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
U.S. Deputy CTO Nicole Wong is leaving the White House  —  U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nicole Wong, who focused on privacy and big data issues, is leaving the White House a little more than a year after joining the Obama administration.  Wong's last day is Friday …
More: The Hill
Laura Stampler / TIME:
Facebook: 1.2M unique ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted, and 15M people discussed it  —  This Is How Many Ice Bucket Challenge Videos People Have Posted on Facebook  —  Hint: It's more than a million.  —  If you thought that the only thing on your Facebook Newsfeed right now was videos …
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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