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September 4, 2014, 1:19 PM

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Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
White House announces Google's Megan Smith is the next 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …

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