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August 20, 2015, 2:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Band 2, and new Lumias set for October launch event  —  Microsoft is planning to hold a massive hardware launch event in October.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the software giant will use the event to unveil two new Lumia handsets, the Surface Pro 4, and a Microsoft Band 2.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Bing for Android update beats Google On Tap to the punch, offering information and actions based on what's on screen when you hold down the home button  —  Microsoft beats Google to the punch: Bing for Android update does what Now on Tap will do  —  Microsoft today is introducing a major …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Ashley Madison hackers post new 20GB archive that appears to include company emails and internal documents  —  Hackers Dump More Ashley Madison Data  —  Over the past few days, people have been digging through 10GB of data apparently sourced from the extramarital dating site Ashley Madison, and its parent site Avid Life Media.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Sony's SmartBand 2 monitors heart rate, is waterproof, will be available in September for $132  —  Sony's SmartBand 2 will monitor your heart rate and field your calls  —  Sony has officially unveiled its SmartBand 2 after accidentally publishing details about the activity tracker earlier this year.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
96.8 percent of new smartphones sold are either iPhone or Android devices  —  The latest quarterly smartphone sales data from Gartner is out today, and it tells a very familiar story.  BlackBerry keeps shrinking, Microsoft is stagnating, and Google and Apple are tightening their already dominant grip over the entire market.
Garett Sloane / Digiday:
Google, Yahoo, and Bing testing promoted video ads in search results  —  ‘A gusher of money’: Google testing video ads in search results, industry sources say  —  Google is testing promoted video ads in search results, a format that could bring more brand dollars to marketing there …
Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Mobile marketing automation startup Kahuna raises $45 million in Series B funding to grow its platform  —  Mobile marketing automation startup Kahuna raised $45 million in Series B funding Wednesday to grow its platform.  —  Tenaya Capital led the round with participation from previous investors …

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