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August 26, 2014, 7:50 AM

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Amazon.com:
Amazon acquiring Twitch for $970M in cash  —  Amazon.com to Acquire Twitch  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers.  In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Amazon Pounces On Twitch After Google Balks Due To Antitrust Concerns  —  One technology giant's loss is another's gain.  —  In May, Variety first reported that Google was in talks to acquire video game streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion.  Three months later …
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
Why Amazon wants Twitch: advertising, owning video content people like and engage with  —  Why Amazon Is Paying $1 Billion to Help People Watch Video Games  —  For months Twitch, the video game streaming service, was supposedly putting the finishing touches on a deal with Google.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Facebook:
Facebook will reduce “click-baiting” headlines and links shared in photo captions in News Feed  —  News Feed FYI: Click-baiting  —  Today we're announcing some improvements to News Feed to help people find the posts and links from publishers that are most interesting and relevant …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
NSA providing records of 850B calls, locations, emails, and internet chats to 23 US agencies with a Google-like ICREACH search engine  —  The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google  —  The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly …
The Verge:
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality  —  In the wake of Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft cuts Surface 2 price by $100, hinting at successor or discontinuation  —  Surface 2 prices slashed, hinting at discontinuation or replacement  —  Microsoft has cut $100 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets.  This puts the cheapest 32GB unit at $349, the 64GB unit at $449 …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Calif. governor signs smartphone ‘kill switch’ bill into law  —  Law requires security software to come enabled by default, but other than that, not much will change for most smartphone users.  —  State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introduced the California “kill switch” bill in February.
Li-Wei Lee / Google Drive Blog:
Google releases new Slides app for iOS, updates Sheets and Docs with offline and direct Office file editing  —  Your iPhone & iPad are ready to get to work with new apps for Docs, Sheets, & Slides  —  You suddenly remember you need to add “buy milk” to your grocery list, but don't have a pen or paper in sight.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
EXCLUSIVE: Samsung working on circular Gear smartwatch, SIM-enabled Gear coming with Galaxy Note 4  —  We've known for some time that Samsung is working on various new wearables, including a Gear smartwatch with cellular connectivity and the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset.
Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston:
HubSpot files for $100 million IPO  —  Today, HubSpot, the Cambridge-based inbound marketing company, filed the much-awaited plans for its initial public offering.  —  The company aims to raise $100 million through the offering to expand its business, according to the filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Microsoft:
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SimilarWeb:
Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Thank You India!  Your Spirit Made It Happen  —  Our much awaited Zoholics (Nov 20-21) India event just got over, and the response has been amazing.  Thank you for showing such an overwhelming support to our efforts …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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