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August 21, 2014, 1:45 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 …
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 …
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
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.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Players construct functioning “hard drives” within Minecraft that can read and write data  —  Minecraft players build working hard drives  —  Players of the pixelated building block game have taken its virtual simulation tools to an unprecedented level: building functioning hard drives that can read and write data.
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.

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