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August 21, 2014, 11:05 PM

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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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Report: eBay telling candidates for PayPal CEO role it may spin off the unit as early as next year  —  EBay considering spinning off Paypal - report  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc is considering spinning out its fast-growing payments unit PayPal as soon as next year, news website The Information reported, citing sources.
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Ouya partners with Xiaomi to bring its games to the Chinese smartphone maker's streaming boxes and smart TVs  —  Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China  —  (Reuters) - U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Dropbox Loses High-Profile Design Head Soleio  —  In a Facebook post tonight, Dropbox's high-profile head designer Soleio said he was leaving his job at the cloud storage company.  —  “Today marks my last day as a full-time Dropboxer,” he wrote.  “I'm transitioning back to serving as a company advisor over the coming month.”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN Launches Score-Tracking App for Pebble Smartwatch  —  ESPN wants to grab sports fans by the wrist: The cable programmer has unveiled a real-time score app for the Pebble smartwatch.  —  The app, launched Thursday, can track multiple games and causes the Pebble to vibrate when it receives game updates and score changes.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google updates voice search, allows users to automatically switch between five languages  —  Google's Search App Is Now Truly Multilingual  —  Around the world millions of people are multilingual or partly so.  In the US, census data reflect that 20 percent of the population speaks …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall  —  WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell.  Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues.
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 …
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?

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