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August 27, 2014, 12:00 PM

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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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare New 12.9-Inch IPad for Early 2015  —  Apple Inc.'s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Documents and interviews reveal Uber's sophisticated, nationwide scheme to poach Lyft drivers  —  This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors …
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.
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.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Apple announces pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads on mobile platform, iAd  —  Apple iAD Introduces Ad Units Designed For Brands, Expands To Two More Countries  —  Apple announced two new ad formats are now supported in the company's mobile ad platform, iAd.
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
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 …
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