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August 18, 2014, 9:00 PM

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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google is working to overhaul Web services so it can legally offer them to kids; new features include dashboard for parents, child-safe YouTube, more  —  Google Seeks New Customers: Kids  —  Google has been working to overhaul its Web services so it can legally allow children to use them …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google to launch “YouTube Music Key” a $10/month, ad-free subscription service with offline support  —  Exclusive: This Is YouTube Music Key, Google's Upcoming Subscription Service With Offline Support, Background Audio, No Ads, Free Play Music Key  —  Google has big plans for both YouTube and Google Play Music.
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Hello, HP Stream 14: A $199 Windows laptop aimed squarely at the Chromebook market  —  Microsoft isn't taking the low-cost Chromebook threat lightly.  Instead it's working with partners to create $199 to $249 Windows laptops and it has enlisted HP's help with the HP Stream 14.
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov:
Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it was targeted and hacked by suspected foreign powers  —  Exclusive: Nuke Regulator Hacked by Suspected Foreign Powers  —  Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers within the past three years were successfully hacked by foreigners twice …
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
Exclusive Hands On With ‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Dong Nguyen's Next Game: ‘Swing Copters’  —  Looking back on the Flappy Bird phenomenon, and the onslaught of games developer Dong Nguyen inspired with his brutally difficult single-tap gameplay, it's clear what made it so hard to put down.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Azure virtual machine, cloud services down for many  —  Summary: Over the past few days, Azure and other Microsoft cloud services have been down for a number of users worldwide.  —  On August 18, starting just before 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, users across the globe began reporting problems …
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 …
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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