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August 16, 2014, 5:05 AM

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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” …
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Spyware tools allow buyers to slip malicious code into YouTube videos, Microsoft pages  —  CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009.  His instructions were unusually opaque.  —  As he boarded the flight …
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 …
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GCHQ's “HACIENDA” program completed full port scans targeting 27 countries  —  NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization  —  Translations of this article are available in German, French, Italian and Spanish.  —  Since the early days of TCP …
Mike Williams / BBC:
UK Premier League warns about posting goal videos, says it's developing tech to find violators  —  Premier League warns about posting goal videos online  —  The Premier League has told Newsbeat they're going to clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online.
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 …
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.
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 …
Richard Harper / Inside Microsoft Research:
Microsoft says WindUp, their Snapchat-like app, is for noncommercial, research purposes only  —  WindUp: Researching Patterns of Content Creation and Exchange  —  Given erroneous press reports about our research, as the lead for a Microsoft Research project called WindUp, I want to clarify our project's objectives.
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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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.

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