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October 18, 2014, 2:35 PM

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Snapchat:
Snapchat will show one ad in “Recent Updates” of US users this weekend, says it would be “totally rude” to put ads in personal communications  —  Advertising on Snapchat  —  This weekend we're placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Android Exec Says Google Will Loosen Reins on Watches, TVs and Cars Over Time  —  Google is taking its versatile Android operating system into new places, like cars and watches and TVs.  As part of that process, it's also severely curtailing the degree to which hardware makers can tinker with the core parts of the software.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules  —  Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy.  —  Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook  —  The Cannes Lions advertising festival has become as big among the Madison Avenue crowd as the Riviera town's iconic film event is for Hollywood.  So as Steve Stoute nursed a drink with a friend …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly  —  FBI Director James B. Comey on Thursday called for the law to be changed to require technology companies to provide investigators with a way to gain access to encrypted communications, warning that without reform …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Flickr launches its first iPad app, exclusively for iOS 8  —  Flickr finally launches for iPad  —  Good news for Flickr users today - the Yahoo-owned photo-storage and sharing app has finally been optimized for iPad, though it will only work for those running iOS 8.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Bose headphones and speakers no longer available from Apple Online Store  —  It was reported last week that Apple would soon stop selling Bose headphones and speakers at its Apple Store locations.  Previously, a variety of Bose headphones and speakers were demoed at each Apple Store location and available for purchase there and online.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung now offering 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM for $250  —  Samsung's Chromebook 2 can now be purchased with Intel inside for $250  —  When Samsung released its Chromebook 2 earlier this year, it shipped with the company's own Exynos 5 Octa chipset.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr launches a free, Yosemite-exclusive desktop app, available in the Mac App Store  —  Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store  —  On the heels of the release of Apple's new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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