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August 26, 2014, 10:45 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 …
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 …
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 …
Bill Steele / Cornell Chronicle:
Robo Brain, a repository of information mined from the internet, for robots to draw on  —  ‘Robo Brain’ mines the Internet to teach robots  —  To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave.
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?  Seeing is Believing: The State of Virtual Reality By Matthew Schnipper The promise of virtual reality has always been enormous.
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.
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 …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European antitrust investigation in relation to a four-year-old complaint by a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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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.
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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Igloo:
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