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August 20, 2014, 9:30 AM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft  —  As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company.  I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you.
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say  —  The former CEO cited a busy schedule, particularly involving his LA Clippers basketball team, for the board resignation  —  It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave …
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Twitter now officially says your timeline is more than just tweets from people you follow  —  Many Twitter users have noticed that Twitter is now inserting tweets into their timelines that seemingly don't belong.  This is not an accident.  Twitter has updated its help document, “What's a Twitter timeline?”
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter to Remove Images of the Deceased Upon Families' Request  —  Twitter said on Tuesday it will remove images of deceased individuals at the request of family members, a move that comes a week after Robin Williams's daughter said she is quitting the platform after being sent disturbing photo-shopped images of her father's death.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams  —  Netflix, the online streaming giant, has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, meaning that it now has deals with the four biggest U.S. ISPs.  —  Time Warner Cable signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix …
Reed Hastings / Wired:
How to Save the Net: Don't Give In to Big ISPs  —  The next Netflix won't stand a chance if the largest Internet service providers in the US are allowed to merge.  —  The Internet has  —  already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8 turns up evidence of another possible iPhone 6 resolution: a larger 828 x 1472  —  Early this year, we heard from a source that Apple had been testing multiple resolutions for the iPhone 6's larger display, including a resolution of 960 x 1704.  As we outlined, the benefit of that resolution …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sharp's Aquos Crystal: a 5-inch, 720p, edge-to-edge display smartphone lacking premium specs  —  Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy  —  And it's only $239  —  This week, Sharp, Softbank, and Sprint announced a new line of devices called Acquos Crystal …
Paul Ingrassia / Reuters:
Google's driverless cars designed to exceed speed limit by up to 10mph for better safety  —  Look, no hands!  Test driving a Google car  —  (Reuters) - The car stopped at stop signs.  It glided around curves.  It didn't lurch or jolt.  The most remarkable thing about the drive was that it was utterly unremarkable.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Made 890 Improvements To Search Over The Past Year  —  In a Google+ post from Google head of search Amit Singhal, Google shares they have made “more than 890 improvements to Google Search last year alone.”  —  In 2009, Google told us they made between 350 to 400 changes to search and in 2010 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Delaware becomes first state to give heirs broad digital assets access  —  Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families' rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death.  —  Last week, Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill …
Donna Tam / CNET:
AT&T exclusivity stunting Fire Phone growth, study suggests  —  Consumer are adopting Amazon's flagship phone at a much slower rate than other smartphones, but that's to be expected, since it's only offered so far on AT&T, Chitika Insights says.  —  James Martin/CNET  —  It's a good thing Amazon enjoys the long game.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Uber Hires Top Obama Adviser David Plouffe as New “Campaign Manager”  —  As Re/code had reported in July, Uber has zeroing in on the hiring of a high-profile “campaign manager” to head its policy and communications strategy and fight what its CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has called “an a**hole named Taxi.”
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
HTC One With Windows Phone: Another Great Phone You Won't Buy  —  The Best-Designed Android Phone Is Being Released With Windows Phone 8.1  —  Windows Phone smartphones have gotten quite good, so why doesn't anyone buy them?  Personal Tech columnist Joanna Stern tests the HTC One (M8) with Windows Phone 8.1 to find out.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:

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