August 15, 2014, 8:05 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 …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google buys city guides app Jetpac, support to end on September 15  —  Google has acquired the team behind Jetpac, an iPhone app for crowdsourcing city guides from public Instagram photos.  —  The app will be pulled from the App Store in coming days, and support for the service will be discontinued on September 15.
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.
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.
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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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Ad Startup ClarityRay  —  Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo.  —  A Yahoo spokesperson sent me the following statement confirming the deal: … I first wrote about ClarityRay two years ago after it raised $500,000 in funding from its chairman Saar Wilf.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
IBM, Lenovo server deal gets final clearance from US regulators  —  Summary: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the $2.3 billion sale of IBM's x86 server business to Chinese PC maker Lenovo.  —  IBM received good news from the Committee on Foreign Investment …
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
DataRobot, Run by World's Top Data Scientists, Raises $21M Series A … Even before launching its full-scale service that cranks out algorithms for use by data scientists, DataRobot Inc. has nabbed a $21 million Series A round at a $60 million pre-money valuation, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

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