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August 19, 2014, 8:45 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:
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Swedish startup Behaviosec tests typing behavior tech for additional security on smartphones  —  Forget Passwords.  Now Banks Can Track Your Typing Behavior On Phones  —  Password theft is an ongoing problem.  Finger print and voice recognition is still years away.
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Owners take Vevo off the sales block after seeing growth  —  Vevo is off the block.  The owners of the popular music and video streamer have ended the sales process after deciding that the five-year-old property is poised for continued rapid growth, several sources told The Post on Monday.
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Symantec to slim Norton line to single security suite  —  Symantec's widely used and much maligned line of Norton security suites will get a major overhaul in September.  —  Symantec will be rebranding and streamlining its complicated Norton line of security suites into one.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mesosphere Comes To The Google Cloud Platform, Integrates Google's Open Source Kubernetes Project  —  Google and Mesosphere today announced a partnership that brings support for Mesos clusters to Google's Compute Engine platform.  While the Mesos project and Mesosphere aren't quite household names yet …

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