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August 21, 2015, 7:40 PM

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Daniel Ek / Spotify Blog:
Spotify apologizes for confusion over privacy policy, clarifies that no information will be collected without explicit permission  —  Sorry!  —  We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they've caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it.
Reuters:
Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts  —  Consumer electronics company Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O), according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Ashley Madison hackers: we still have 300GB of employee emails, internal docs, some user chats and pictures, more, but will not dump all of it  —  Ashley Madison Hackers Speak Out: ‘Nobody Was Watching’  —  For the past week, international media has reported on the hack of extramarital site Ashley Madison …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Google no longer requires new Android devices to ship with Google+, Google Newsstand, Google Play Games and Books apps pre-installed  —  Your new phone will have less Google bloatware, and that's awesome  —  You might have heard that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes without Google+ preinstalled.
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Apple stock falls more than 5% as markets correct over slowing global growth concerns  —  Dow falls 350 points as global growth concerns weigh  —  Market rout continues: How to play the dip  —  Portfolio managers Chad Morganlander of Stifel, and Jim Lacamp of UBS, discuss Thursday's market selloff …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Google integrates Twitter into its desktop search results  —  Google and Twitter are getting a little friendlier; you can now view tweet feeds from various accounts and hashtags right from Google.com on the desktop.  —  You can search something like “The Next Web Twitter” and Google will pull up a feed of our latest tweets.
Kev Needham / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Mozilla to introduce new API for Firefox to make it easier to port extensions from other browsers, to deprecate certain classes of add-ons 12-18 months from now  —  The Future of Developing Firefox Add-ons  —  Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New data uncovers the surprising predictability of Android lock patterns  —  Like “p@$$w0rd” and “1234567” many Android patterns are easy to guess.  —  Marte Løge  —  The abundance of password leaks over the past decade has revealed some of the most commonly used …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV outsold by Amazon's Fire TV in 2014, now the fourth most popular streaming device  —  According to recent data released by Parks Associates, Apple TV currently is the fourth most popular streaming media device based on 2014 sales, down from third place in 2013.

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