August 18, 2014, 2:10 PM

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David Gelles / New York Times:
Tech M&A deals increasingly conducted by corporate development teams with less input from investment banks  —  In Silicon Valley, Mergers Must Meet the Toothbrush Test  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — When deciding whether Google should spend millions or even billions of dollars in acquiring a new company …
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Nextdoor now adopted by one in four neighborhoods in the US  —  The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network  —  Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor  —  It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls …
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.
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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: @ideoorg and @ideoThanks:@srikardr
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Xbox One August update starts rolling out today, bringing new activity feed and mobile purchases  —  Microsoft promised a series of new features would land in its next Xbox One system update, and now users can finally get their hands on a newly-revamped activity feed and mobile purchases, among others.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
AppNexus raises $60M at $1.2B valuation, is now profitable  —  Now Profitable, AppNexus Scores $1.2 Billion Valuation For New York Ad Tech Scene  —  The New York ad tech community has a billion-dollar company at last, and it's Brian O'Kelley's AppNexus after all.
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.

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