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October 14, 2014, 5:30 PM

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Anton Mityagin / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox wasn't hacked  —  Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren't true.  Your stuff is safe.  The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox.  Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the internet, including Dropbox.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Dropbox denies alleged 7M account hack, says expired logins were stolen from third-party services  —  [Update] Hundreds of Dropbox passwords leaked online but Dropbox denies it was hacked  —  A thread surfaced on Reddit today that contained links to files containing hundreds of usernames …
Danielle Friedman / NBC News:
Facebook and Apple to cover up to $20K in egg-freezing treatments for female employees  —  Silicon Valley Giants Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs  —  While techniques and success rates are improving, there's no guarantee the procedure will lead to a baby down the road.
The Official Google Blog:
Google Shopping Express rebrands as Google Express, adds more merchants, expands to Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC  —  Google Express: more cities, more stores and a new name  —  One year ago, the first Google Shopping Express order was delivered—a box of granola.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Skype launches mobile video chat app Qik with clips that disappear after two weeks  —  Skype today launched Skype Qik (pronounced “quick"), a new video messaging app meant to be used alongside the main Skype app.  The new mobile-only app is launching simultaneously on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
24 Percent of Millennials Say They're Not Paying for TV  —  If you're a TV programmer, you're very worried about the recent erosion in TV ratings, which have hit networks across the board this year.  The best-case scenario: People are still watching your shows, but they're watching them in ways …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
August launches $250 smart lock that lets you use iOS/Android smartphones for local and remote access  —  August is a fancy lock that could make you ditch your keys  —  The August smart lock ships Tuesday, and for those wondering if you should spend $250 for a connected lock, the answer is yes.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Checkr Raises $9 Million Led by Accel for New-Hire Background Checks … Checkr Inc., a startup that expedites background checks on new hires and delivers them in bulk to businesses, has secured $9 million to expand.  —  The company wants to overhaul what has been a time-consuming process …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Aereo to the FCC: Let us join the cable companies we tried to replace  —  Aereo's service uses thousands of tiny antennas to help it stay within the bounds of copyright law.  (Aereo)  —  It's been weeks since we last heard from Aereo, the shuttered streaming video service that lost big at the Supreme Court this summer.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Vine launches on Xbox One, available only to Xbox Live members in 34 countries  —  Following the promise in June of many more apps coming this year, Microsoft today announced that Vine is now available for Xbox One.  You can download it by visiting the Xbox Store on your console.

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