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August 18, 2014, 2:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and @markamesexiled
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The team behind webOS TV jumps to Pebble to design the next generation of smartwatches  —  Pebble is dead-serious about competing in the face of Android Wear and whatever Apple is presumably working on.  To that end, the company has just announced that it has hired Itai Vonshak as head …
More: Gigaom and Connectedly
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 …
Tweets: @amcafee
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
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Sequoia Keeps Medallia to Itself, Adding $50M in Another Solo Round … Sequoia Capital added another $50 million to its investment in Medallia Inc., whose software helps corporations track and manage the experiences of their customers, making its total investment in the company one of the largest that the venture firm has ever made.
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.
Todd Wasserman / Mashable:
Tumblr Partner Will Now Scan Photos for Clues About Brand Affiliation  —  Every day, users post about 130 million photos on Tumblr.  Starting this week, the Yahoo-owned media brand will start to parse all those images for clues to users' brand affiliations.

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Microsoft:
Next at Microsoft podcast: Wearables are changing the future of healthcare  —  Desney Tan, Microsoft principal researcher, and Amish Patel, director of experience for Microsoft Band, chat about how their collaboration …
Zoho:
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