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August 20, 2014, 2:22 PM

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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Verizon Preps Challenge to Google's App Store  —  After years of watching Google and Apple dominate the business of selling smartphone software to consumers, Verizon Communications is aiming to alter the playing field by building an industry coalition to launch a new, global online store for mobile applications.
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.
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 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung's first Nook tablet arrives at Barnes & Noble today for $179  —  Samsung is becoming Barnes & Noble's first partner to create a Nook-branded tablet today with the unveiling and release of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.  The name is a mouthful, but it basically means that the tablet …
TrustedSec:
Hackers used Heartbleed vulnerability to exploit 4.5M patient records at Community Health Systems  —  CHS Hacked via Heartbleed Vulnerability  —  As many of you may have already been aware, a breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) affecting an estimated 4.5 million patients was recently revealed.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines  —  We told you it was coming, and here it is: Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps.
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital  —  Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding.  —  The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant's later-stage investment fund) …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Vine now lets users import existing videos from the camera roll, adds editing features  —  Vine Grows Up, Lets You Edit and Upload Existing Video  —  The six-second, looping-video-sharing service Vine announced several new tools today designed to make it easier to shoot and edit videos from your phone.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
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 …

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