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August 26, 2014, 12:55 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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Amazon wants to get into gaming, Twitch needs a partner to support growth  —  Why it makes sense for Amazon to buy Twitch  —  Jeff Bezos want to get into gaming and can offer Twitch the infrastructure and licensing it needs to grow globally  —  Today came the surprising news …
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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei CEO: Tizen has “no chance”, and we're putting new Windows Phone releases “on hold”  —  Huawei Is Shaking Up the Smartphone Market  —  Richard Yu, head of Chinese firm's consumer business group, talks about competing against Samsung and Apple.
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs  —  It's been a crazy year for video and audio metadata company Gracenote.  In late December its parent company Sony announced the business would be sold to media conglomerate Tribune.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Facebook to challenge Google's dominance in online ads, revitalizing Atlas with “demand-side platform” for automated bidding  —  Facebook Assault on Google's DoubleClick Coming This Fall  —  Few people thought much of Atlas when Facebook acquired the advertising technology company from Microsoft last year.

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