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September 4, 2014, 11:10 AM

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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Microsoft launches $433 Lumia 830 mid-range phone with 10MP PureView camera, will ship with Lumia Denim  —  Microsoft's Lumia 830 offers PureView imaging at a lower cost  —  Microsoft Devices, formerly known as Nokia's phone division, is no slouch when it comes to its device lineup.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's CFO hints that the company's priorities includes improving search, and group chat  —  Twitter's Product Checklist: Better Search and Group Chats?  —  A souped-up search engine.  An improved algorithm.  Group chatting.  —  These appear to be among Twitter's priorities …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Rdio Moves to Free Music Model to Compete with Spotify and Others  —  In the face of growing competition in the streaming music market, Rdio, a four-year-old service that charges for online subscriptions, has moved into a new phase with abundant free music — as well as free music's ever-present companion, advertising.
Klint Finley / Wired:
OX Guard: Open source tool that can send encrypted email to anyone, even those not using it  —  The Open Source Tool That Lets You Send Encrypted Emails to Anyone  —  In the wake of the mass NSA surveillance scandal sparked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, all sorts of hackers, academics …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple design head Jony Ive ahead of iWatch debut: ‘Switzerland is in trouble’  —  Ahead of Apple's September 9th event that will include the introduction of Apple's first wearable computer, along new, larger iPhones, The New York Times has profiled the existing wearable market.  The juiciest bit from the story?
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC launches Desire 820 with 64 bit support for Android L, 5.5" 720p display, 13MP camera  —  HTC's colorful Desire 820 is full of camera pixels and processor bits  —  8-megapixel camera on the front, 13 megapixels on the back, and one of the first 64-bit chips for Android
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States  —  The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer.  She is Megan Smith, a Google executive with decades of experience in Silicon Valley.
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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Intel reveals MICA, a smart bracelet with semi-precious stones and a 3G radio for under $1K, available end of year  —  Intel reveals MICA, its first luxury smart bracelet  —  The bracelet, with a sapphire display and semi-precious gems, was made for the high-end women's accessory market …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet Consolidates 5 Emerging Market Fashion Brands Into One: $3.5B GFG  —  More news this morning from Rocket Internet as the Berlin-based startup incubator continues to clean house ahead of a planned public listing.  Today the company, alongside one of its biggest co-investors …
Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
Uber Who?  Gett Slashes All Manhattan Cab Prices to $10 Flat  —  Haven't heard of Gett?  That could change by the end of 2014.  When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Automatic smart driving assistant brings its dashboard to the web  —  The smart driving assistant Automatic is getting even more capable this morning with the roll out of a new dashboard interface made specifically for the web.  You will probably recognize the interface (seen above) …
Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
LinkedIn Locks Down Security, But Opens Up Data Export  —  LinkedIn is offering new security features that give you new tools for securing and controlling your information on the professional-networking site.  —  For instance, LinkedIn will now alert you when your password changes …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Teradata embraces the big data ecosystem, buys Think Big Analytics  —  Data warehouse vendor Teradata continues to step up its game in the broader big data market, this time by acquiring consulting firm Think Big Analytics, which specializes in helping clients deploy open source technologies and build analytics applications.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Expedia redesigns its iPad app with combined flight and hotel search  —  Travel booking website Expedia has revamped its iPad application with a new, tablet-optimized look and improved search.  Expedia says that its app is faster at helping you book travel than apps from the competition because of its combined search feature.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Intellectual Ventures: Patent Troll Funds Startups, New Products  —  The dietary habits of Finland's populace went through a drastic change in 2011.  Thanks to the low-carb craze and a rising preference for all-natural products, Finns started eating butter with impunity.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP  —  xAd, a mobile ad startup that specialises in serving media specific to a user's location, is today announcing $50 million in funding — significant not only for the size of the round, but also for the context around the money coming into its coffers.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Tricks & Treats: 5 ways to sweeten your email marketing  —  While Halloween is by tradition the scariest day on the calendar, it's also the official transition into the holiday season.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
AOL's Cross-Device Solution Aims To Cure The Advertiser's Attribution Headache  —  If an advertiser runs a mobile campaign, but the targeted consumer doesn't convert on her device, that doesn't mean the campaign failed.
 

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