August 21, 2014, 10:35 AM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
The state of Android updates: Who's fast, who's slow, and why  —  Android 4.4, KitKat was released on October 31, 2013, or at least, that's what you can say about one device: the Nexus 5.  For the rest of the ecosystem, the date you got KitKat—if you got KitKat—varied wildly depending on your device, OEM, and carrier.
More: 9to5Google, Guardian and BGR
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Product Hunt raises $1M seed funding, launches iOS app  —  Silicon Valley darling Product Hunt gets $1M, launches app for its tech-fanatic community  —  Two days ago, Product Hunt, one of the buzziest communities in recent times, graduated from the most highly-regarded accelerated program around, Y Combinator.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
SoundCloud to incorporate ads, allow artists to collect royalties, prepares to introduce paid subscriptions  —  Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads  —  SoundCloud is the ubiquitous wild child of the digital music world.  Without paying artists or record companies …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Asked to Remove 1 Million Pirate Links Per Day  —  In the hope of steering prospective customers away from pirate sites, copyright holders are overloading Google with DMCA takedown notices.  —  These requests have increased dramatically since Google began making the data public.
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Secret Users Have Started Hosting Secret Dinner Parties, and They Are Brutal  —  Secret dinner party, said the intriguing post on Secret, an anonymous sharing app.  —  Invitations were application only, the host wrote in the comments.  As instructed, I used an anonymous account to submit my best secret to a Google doc.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon Says It Has No Plans for Another App Store  —  Verizon threw cold water Wednesday on a report that it was in talks to set up another app store.  —  The Information reported that Verizon was talking with would-be partners about a marketplace designed to rival the Google Play storefront.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another  —  There are two disciplines in which Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excel above almost everyone else.  The first is making exorbitant amounts of money.  The second is pretending they don't care about that money.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Court orders Facebook to respond to EU privacy class action suit, as it attracts 60K users  —  European Facebook Class Action Suit Attracts 60K Users As It Passes First Court Hurdle  —  Some developments around the class action suit filed against Facebook in Europe earlier this month …
More: Gigaom
Mary Schlangenstein / Bloomberg:
UPS Store Computer Breach Put Customer Data at Risk  —  United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers' personal and payment data at some locations this year.  —  Malware was found at 51 locations in 24 states …

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