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August 22, 2014, 8:00 AM

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Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
White House cybersecurity czar brags about his lack of technical expertise  —  Michael Daniel is the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, the man who “leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy” for the president.  And in a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
A federal court rejects Aereo's request to argue it's a cable company  —  Aereo's seemingly last-ditch argument to save itself won't be given an airing in court, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  —  Instead, if the shuttered streaming video company wants to keep fighting for its survival …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th  —  Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google to include temporary steering wheel and pedal system when testing autonomous cars in response to new California DMV rules  —  A Google Car Without a Steering Wheel?  Not So Fast, California Says  —  Google caused a stir earlier this year when it unveiled a self-driving car without …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps  —  U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications, according to a new study released by comScore this morning.  That means mobile apps, including the number 1 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from “obvious transphobe”  —  ‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban  —  For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.
Allie Jones / Gawker:
After Twitter suspensions, ISIS moves to decentralized Diaspora to avoid censorship  —  ISIS Finally Finds a Social Network That Can't Suspend Their Accounts  —  After ISIS militants and supporters disseminated video and images of James Foley's brutal beheading on Tuesday …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Zoosk debuts Photo Verification on iOS to confirm authenticity of profile photos  —  This Dating Site Is Teaching the Internet an Important Lesson About Anonymity  —  Online dating site Zoosk is rolling out a new feature that lets users verify the authenticity of profile pictures.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware  —  The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but its rollout is slow and it will take a long time for consumers to upgrade existing, non-connected devices that still work fine into something that can communicate with computing gadgets like smartphones.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
There are 18,796 distinct Android devices, according to OpenSignal's latest fragmentation report  —  The much-maligned Android fragmentation problem has blighted the mobile operating system for years, though Google has been steadily taking corrective measures in recent times.  The issue?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones  —  Users will be ‘encouraged’ to replace stock Xpress browser with Opera Mini starting this fall  —  Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal that will replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini on Microsoft's dying line of feature phones.
Seth Weintraub / Electrek:
Tesla Model S software update will bring ability to start car with iPhone  —  Tesla Model S OS v6.0 to begin rolling out to customers with Calendar app, Traffic/navigation improvements, power savings and iPhone starting  —  There are some impressive new updates as part …

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