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August 21, 2015, 2:30 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Swarm releases version 3.0, includes leaderboards with friends, coins, and ‘Here Now’ feature; available on iOS and Android today, coming soon to Windows Phone  —  Swarm Gets Back Into The Game With Leaderboards  —  In its quest to add a little fun through your (literal) …
Nigel Manuel / CNET:
Samsung offers iPhone users a free 30-day trial with new Galaxy phones on any carrier  —  Samsung to give iPhone users a trial run with new Galaxy smartphones  —  Just weeks before the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ launches, Samsung is attempting to sway iPhone users.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
SmartThings Support Is Coming To Amazon Echo  —  It would appear that Amazon has plans to team up with SmartThings to power various home automation features with the Amazon Echo, the voice-powered personal assistant device.  —  According to a Google web cache of the SmartThings blog …

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