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August 27, 2014, 2:45 PM

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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple plans to announce wearable in September with HealthKit and HomeKit integration  —  Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September  —  Start the Countdown Timer on Whatever Old-Fashioned Piece of Junk You Have on Your Wrist Right Now Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Beefs Up Its Pro Feature Set, Now Offering 1TB Of Storage For $10/Month  —  In today's cloud storage wars, most companies are defined by the amount of space their users get for the least amount of money.  With new pricing and updates to its Pro offering, Dropbox is hoping to show …
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Jessica Alba's The Honest Co. Raises $70M, Preps for IPO … In preparation for an IPO, Jessica Alba's The Honest Co., a maker of eco-friendly baby products, has raised $70 million at a valuation just shy of $1 billion and is beginning partnership talks to expand to China, Dow Jones VentureWire has learned.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Square raising $200M, partly from Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, at $6B valuation  —  In raising cash, Square heads for $6B valuation: Sources  —  Square, the payments provider that turns any smartphone into a credit card terminal, is in the process of raising capital …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile adds Songza, Rdio, others to Music Freedom; Google Play Music ‘later this year’  —  Google's got the most votes, but it's not on the list yet  —  Apparently T-Mobile remains unfazed by net neutrality concerns over its Music Freedom initiative; today the carrier added several new music streaming services to the program.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage this morning due to “Internet backbone” issue  —  Time Warner Cable suffers massive outage nationwide  —  The cable giant's services are down in a number of areas across the US, but are slowly coming back online.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pew study shows social media users are more reluctant than others to share their dissenting views, online or off  —  How Social Media Silences Debate  —  The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Alibaba's net income nearly triples to $2B in the quarter, may unveil IPO price range as soon as Tuesday  —  Alibaba Profit and Mobile Revenue Soar Again as I.P.O. Nears  —  With less than a month before its initial public offering, the Alibaba Group is intent on showing just how profitable — and focused on mobile — it really is.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Lending Club files for IPO, lists $500M as a preliminary fundraising target  —  Lending Club, Leader in Peer-to-Peer, Plans I.P.O.  —  In its nearly eight years, Lending Club, the biggest marketplace for peer-to-peer loans, has garnered fans across Wall Street.
More: Bloomberg, Reuters and CNBC
Winston Ross / MIT Technology Review:
Luth gathers metadata from smartphones, tablets and PC's, pays participants $100/month  —  How Much Is Your Privacy Worth?  —  Despite the outcry over government and corporate snooping, some people allow themselves be monitored for money or rewards.  —  Anyone paying attention knows …
More: Engadget and BGR
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora launches on Google Glass with voice controls and sound via earbuds or bone-conduction  —  Pandora's Google Glass app puts music right into your bones  —  Web's top radio service launches app for Google's wearable computer, letting owners pick stations with voice commands and listen through earbuds or bone-conduction feature.
Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Perkins investing up to $20M in Snapchat's next round at nearly $10B valuation; DST Global invested earlier this year at $7B valuation  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Agrees to Invest in Snapchat  —  Ephemeral Messaging Service Gets a Venture-Capital Shot in the Arm

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