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August 18, 2014, 12:30 PM

Top News

Mayumi Negishi / Wall Street Journal:
SoftBank picks Sharp as partner for low-cost smartphones, will launch Aquos Crystal on Sprint  —  SoftBank Picks Sharp as Partner for Low-Cost Smartphones  —  SoftBank Hopes Aquos Crystal Will Help Differentiate It and Sprint From Rivals  —  TOKYO— SoftBank Corp. and its U.S. unit …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career  —  Jim Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V. He helped build the mouse for the Apple Lisa, which was significant in that it was the first mouse ever used by regular people.
More: 9to5MacTweets: @ideoThanks:@srikardr
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban  —  Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg.  The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients  —  If you've been to a hospital in a small town or anywhere in the southeastern portion of the United States in the last few years, it's worth keeping an eye on your personal information.  —  Community Health Systems …
Carole Cadwalladr / Guardian:
Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand  —  He was the flamboyant founder of the popular Megaupload site.  But when the US got New Zealand police to arrest him on charges of internet piracy, Kim Dotcom began a remarkable fightback  —  There are no hot-tubs.  No super-yachts.
Tweets: @hkanji
Rich Trenholm / CNET:
LG flaunts curved 21:9 monitor, plus a display for gamers  —  LG will show off next month a curved 21:9 monitor, a 4K display for video pros, and a fast-moving monitor for gamers.  —  LG is flaunting its curves with its eye-popping new 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber  —  The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon.  —  Internet users nationwide are clamoring for fiber, as well …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
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Zoho:
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