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August 19, 2014, 11:10 AM

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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.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Is Planning to Offer Accounts to Kids Under 13  —  Google plans to offer accounts to children under 13 years old for the first time, a move that will take the world's largest Internet search provider into a controversial and operationally complex new market.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HTC One M8 with Windows Phone launches exclusively on Verizon today at $99 on-contract  —  HTC's One M8 now available with Windows Phone, but only on Verizon  —  In case you've wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you'll get your chance to find out.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Big data scientists spend a lot of their time in cleaning, collecting, and preparing unruly data  —  For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights  —  Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps.  The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend …
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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Sprint Launches New Price War, Debuts $100 Family Plan  —  Sprint on Monday announced new family rate plans allowing up to 10 lines to share 20GB worth of data for $100 per month.  —  It's the first move in what is expected to be far more aggressive pricing under newly named CEO Marcelo Claure.
Doug Aamoth / TIME:
Meet Levi's Stadium, the Most High-Tech Sports Venue Yet  —  Most people have heard of smartphones, smart cars and smart homes.  Say hello to the smart stadium.  —  More  —  Intel Promises Faster, Lighter and Thinner with Its New Processor LineQuestions About a 5.5-inch iPhoneWho …
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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Dolphin wants to be more than a window to the Web - it plans to be a channel for all your content  —  Mobile browsers are solidifying their importance amidst the mobile revolution, as more and more people access the internet via their smartphones and tablets, abandoning the desktop experience in the process.
Simon Cohen / VentureBeat:
Noke Bluetooth app-enabled padlock achieves Kickstarter funding goal of $100K  —  Noke is a Bluetooth padlock you unlock with your phone  —  Oh, the 'ol padlock.  At this time of year it is on the back to school shopping lists of millions of students.  —  It's also the inspiration behind …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Verizon tops rivals in new RootMetrics wireless report, but T-Mobile gains in cities  —  Verizon comes out ahead of rivals AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in nearly every category of performance — including reliability, data speeds and phone calls — in a new study of the U.S. wireless market by RootMetrics.
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Activist Investor Blue Harbour Has Roughly 6.5% Stake in Rackspace  —  Investor Had Disclosed 2.5% Stake in Company in June  —  Activist investor Blue Harbour Group LP has built up a roughly 6.5% stake in Rackspace Hosting Inc., as the cloud-computing company conducts a review of its strategic options …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku's First Streaming-Video TVs Ready to Hit U.S. Market  —  Remote controls for TVs from TCL, Hisense include buttons for Netflix, Amazon Video, Rdio and Walmart's Vudu  —  For years, Apple has been rumored to be developing an integrated, Internet-connected HDTV designed to make streaming video …

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