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August 12, 2015, 12:51 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New OS X beta suggests iPad Mini 4 will be faster and support split-view apps  —  El Capitan file hints at faster iPad mini 4 with full split-view apps support  —  One of iOS 9's marquee additions is support for split-screen applications on the iPad.  This allows users to operate two iPad applications simultaneously, side-by-side.
Nancy Jo Sales / Vanity Fair:
Inside the hookup culture accelerated by the rapid rise of Tinder and other dating apps  —  Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”  —  As romance gets swiped from the screen, some twentysomethings aren't liking what they see.  —  It's a balmy night in Manhattan's financial district …
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:
Richa Naidu / Reuters:
Fidelity National to buy software maker SunGard in $9.1 billion deal  —  Financial industry software maker Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS.N) said it would buy SunGard Data Systems Inc for $9.1 billion including debt, scooping up one of the longest-held investments in private-equity history.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Lenovo shipped laptops with an “anti-theft” rootkit that reinstalled unwanted software, has issued manual, optional patch to remove the functionality  —  Lenovo used a hidden Windows feature to ensure its software could not be deleted  —  A recently uncovered feature …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Inside SoftBank's Struggle to Turn Around Sprint  —  Two years after takeover, SoftBank's Masayoshi Son struggles to overhaul the U.S. carrier  —  Billionaire Masayoshi Son asked to speak with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy right away one Saturday last year.
Colleen Wright / New York Times:
Neighborhood Car Service Companies Adopt Their Own Apps to Fend Off Uber  —  The chatty, frenetic dispatch hubs of neighborhood car services are getting quieter.  —  When the phone rings at High Class Limousine and Car Service in the Bronx, the conversation comes and goes in fleeting bursts …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
8 of our favorite startups from 500 Startups' 13th batch  —  Check off another demo day by startup accelerator 500 Startups.  —  At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., 42 startups — a mixture of early-stage and post-seed level — made their pitch in front of a room filled with investors.
More: The Next Web and Medium
Medium:
Ray Ozzie's startup Talko integrates with Slack, offers team calling on web and iOS, coming to Android soon  —  Talko + Slack  —  Team calling in Slack channels, for mobile & web.  Recorded for replay of important moments.  —  Shortly after our launch we heard from several teams who were using both Slack and Talko daily.
Tweets: @rozzie
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Events Performance Monitor DoubleDutch Raises $45 Million In Series E Funding  —  DoubleDutch is hoping to make measuring the success of your event as easy as skipping rope, and now they've got some more cash to make it happen.  —  The company announced Wednesday that they had raised $45 million in Series E funding.
Maren Kate / Medium:
Zirtual announces it has been acquired by startup launch platform Startups.co, and will resume service  —  Zirtual: What Happened and What's Next  —  First, let me start by telling you a story...  Over four years ago I moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada, with a backpacker's pack …

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