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August 15, 2014, 5:30 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” …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North  —  Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures.  The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part …
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, 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:
Bloomberg:
China Mobile cutting $2B or 38% in phone subsidies after government tells carriers to do so  —  China Mobile Surges on Planned $2 Billion Cut in Subsidy  —  China Mobile Ltd. (941) rose to the highest in six years after saying it will cut $2 billion from the subsidies that help consumers …
More: Gigaom and Bloomberg
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.
More: GigaomThanks:@srikardr
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.
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.
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
U.S. extends deadline for ‘net neutrality’ comments to Sept 15  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its proposed new “net neutrality” rules through Sept. 15, giving Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated.
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 …
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
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page  —  Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents.  The team shown on Apple's official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve …
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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