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September 4, 2014, 3:10 PM

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Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
White House names Google's Megan Smith US CTO, Twitter's Alexander Macgillivray Deputy US CTO  —  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.
Noah Everett / Twitpic Blog:
Twitpic to shut down September 25, citing trademark dispute with Twitter  —  Twitpic is shutting down  —  Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th.  You will be able to export all your photos and videos.  We'll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
Hootsuite raises $35M led by Fidelity Investments at an $800M valuation  —  Canada's Hootsuite Secures $35 Million Investment from Fidelity-Led Group  —  Investment Raises Media Company's Value to Nearly $800 Million  —  TORONTO—Canada's Hootsuite Media Inc. has secured $35 million …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's CFO hints that the company's product priorities include group chat, improving search, and surfacing older tweets  —  Twitter's Product Checklist: Better Search and Group Chats?  —  A souped-up search engine.  An improved algorithm.  Group chatting.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Rdio redesigns apps to emphasize Pandora-like ad-supported radio stations for free users  —  Rdio redesigns its service to emphasize radio and recommendations  —  Rdio, the best music-streaming service that (statistically) you're not using, is unveiling a smart redesign Thursday morning aimed at helping you discover new music faster.
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
Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
Uber competitor Gett undercuts rivals with $10 rides within Manhattan for the rest of 2014  —  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 …
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.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls  —  Rogue cell phone towers can track your phone and intercept your calls, and it's only a matter of time before they're as ubiquitous as GPS trackers.  But at least now there's a way to spot them.
More: GizmodoTweets: @kpoulsen and @virusbtn
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.
New York Times:
Labor groups claim Apple supplier failed to provide adequate protective equipment, facility maintenance, and fire training; Apple is “investigating”  —  Groups Accuse Apple Supplier of Labor Violations  —  HONG KONG — With its stock near a high and its latest iPhone expected …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Misfit Launches An SDK For Its Sleep And Activity Tracking, Including Shine Enterprise Partners  —  Activity tracking and wellness startup Misfit continues to diversify its operation away from being a straightforward hardware play, with a new software development kit announced today.
More: Gigaom and SlashGear
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Huawei announces flagship Ascend Mate 7 with 6" display, 8 cores, and fingerprint scanner  —  IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores  —  Summary: Huawei continues to release high quality phones at reasonable prices and the upcoming Mate 7 looks …
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.
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 …

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
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