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September 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Court documents show US threatened Yahoo with $250K/day fine in 2008 if it refused to participate in NSA's PRISM program  —  U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data  —  The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply …
Max Eulenstein / Facebook:
Facebook will now show better News Feed ads using data users report on why they hid ads  —  News Feed FYI: Listening to People's Feedback to Show Better Ads  —  Every day, there are millions of ads that are eligible to be shown in News Feed from more than 1.5 million active advertisers on Facebook …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Chromebooks can now run some Android apps for the first time, including Evernote and Vine  —  We knew that Google planned to add support for running Android apps on Chromebooks since the company announced it back at Google I/O in June, but today we've had confirmation that the first Android apps …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked Windows 9 screens reveal virtual desktops, windowed “modern” apps, search button on taskbar, and more  —  Leaked Windows 9 screenshots reveal the future of the desktop  —  Leaked Windows 9 screenshots have surfaced previously, but this time we're getting a closer look …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP acquires cloud startup Eucalyptus, for under $100M according to sources; CEO Marten Mickos will lead HP's cloud unit  —  HP Tests the M&A Waters With Acquisition of Cloud Startup Eucalyptus  —  Hewlett-Packard took another step back into the mergers and acquisitions market …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
HTC's smartwatch is alive and kicking, and due in early 2015  —  CNET has learned that HTC still plans to enter the burgeoning wearables business despite speculation its watch was scratched.  —  LAS VEGAS — HTC still wants in on the wearables game, even after Apple made its big move.
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Verizon CEO Says Its Internet TV Service Will Be Up By Mid-2015 And Will Include “Custom Channels”  —  CEO Lowell McAdam offered a few more details this morning about Verizon's plan to offer a TV-like service over the Internet, a market that Sony and Dish Network also hope to lead.
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Hands On with USB Type C: Reversible USB Connectors  —  Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables.  We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB spec, the USB Type C cable and USB 3.1 spec are designed with the future in mind.
Tweets: @hdmoore
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose's New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours  —  Digg, Milk, and Revision3 founder Kevin Rose recently left Google Ventures to start a new mobile development house called North, and now we have some details on the firm's first app, Tiiny, which will launch soon.
More: Uncrunched and The Next WebTweets: @samfbiddle and @soffes
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Dropbox received hundreds of data requests from law enforcement, only told 91 users about them  —  Above: Dropbox cofounder and CEO Drew Houston.  —  Dropbox announced its first six-month transparency report today, revealing 268 law enforcement requests “for user information” …
Dave Camp / Mozilla Hacks:
Firefox Add-on Enables Web Development Across Browsers and Devices  —  Developing across multiple browsers and devices is the main issue developers have when building applications.  Wouldn't it be great to debug your app across desktop, Android and iOS with one tool?
Joseph Keller / iMore:
Castro developer Supertop buys Unread RSS reader  —  Supertop, the developers behind podcast app Castro, have announced that they have acquired RSS reader Unread from Jared Sinclair.  As Sinclair wrote earlier this year, being the independent, one-man development team has been difficult and unprofitable.
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Code.org Launches Code Studio, A Toolset And Curriculum For Teaching Kids Programming  —  Since its creation, Code.org's mission has been to get coding into curriculums for students as schools nationwide.  Today, the nonprofit group is launching Code Studio, a combined set of tools and curriculum …

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