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John Paczkowski / Re/code: Apple plans to announce wearable in September with HealthKit and HomeKit integration  —  Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September  —  Start the Countdown Timer on Whatever Old-Fashioned Piece of Junk You Have on Your Wrist Right Now Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped …

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Alibaba's net income nearly triples to $2B in the quarter, may unveil IPO price range as soon as Tuesday  —  Alibaba Profit and Mobile Revenue Soar Again as I.P.O. Nears  —  With less than a month before its initial public offering, the Alibaba Group is intent on showing just how profitable — and focused on mobile — it really is.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft announces standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor coming October 7 for $149.99  —  Microsoft today announced plans to sell the Xbox One Kinect sensor separately.  The standalone option comes with Dance Central Spotlight (available as a digital download with 10 tracks) and is set to go on sale on October 7 for $149.99.

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Don Reisinger / CNET: Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage this morning due to “Internet backbone” issue  —  Time Warner Cable suffers massive outage nationwide  —  The cable giant's services are down in a number of areas across the US, but are slowly coming back online.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Salesforce Community Cloud lets firms create LinkedIn-like communities for customers, partners  —  Benioff's Salesforce.com Makes Community Cloud Push  —  Salesforce.com, the cloud software firm primarily known for its service aimed at helping companies track their sales efforts …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: T-Mobile adds Songza, Rdio, others to Music Freedom; Google Play Music ‘later this year’  —  Google's got the most votes, but it's not on the list yet  —  Apparently T-Mobile remains unfazed by net neutrality concerns over its Music Freedom initiative; today the carrier added several new music streaming services to the program.

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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land: Apple announces pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads on mobile platform, iAd  —  Apple iAD Introduces Ad Units Designed For Brands, Expands To Two More Countries  —  Apple announced two new ad formats are now supported in the company's mobile ad platform, iAd.

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Daniel Robinson / V3.co.uk: Seagate targets data centres with first 8TB hard disk drives  —  Seagate is claiming to be the first disk manufacturer to start shipping 8TB hard drives, which it said deliver supersized capacity, energy efficiency and the industry's lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for applications such as cloud content and object storage.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Dropbox Beefs Up Its Pro Feature Set, Now Offering 1TB Of Storage For $10/Month  —  In today's cloud storage wars, most companies are defined by the amount of space their users get for the least amount of money.  With new pricing and updates to its Pro offering, Dropbox is hoping to show …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Chrome 64-bit browser finally available as a stable version  —  Google today released a 64-bit stable version of its Chrome browser for Windows systems.  The 64-bit support has been in testing since June, and as of Chrome version 37 it has made it to the mainstream version.

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Jessica Alba's The Honest Co. Raises $70M, Preps for IPO … In preparation for an IPO, Jessica Alba's The Honest Co., a maker of eco-friendly baby products, has raised $70 million at a valuation just shy of $1 billion and is beginning partnership talks to expand to China, Dow Jones VentureWire has learned.

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Winston Ross / MIT Technology Review: Luth gathers metadata from smartphones, tablets and PC's, pays participants $100/month  —  How Much Is Your Privacy Worth?  —  Despite the outcry over government and corporate snooping, some people allow themselves be monitored for money or rewards.  —  Anyone paying attention knows …

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Pew study shows social media users are more reluctant than others to share their dissenting views, online or off  —  How Social Media Silences Debate  —  The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: Video and HD Voice over LTE on the way to Verizon in the “coming weeks”  —  Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to get the VoLTE ball rolling but the wait is nearly over.  Soon, the company will introduce Advanced Calling 1.0 with video calls and HD Voice across its LTE network.

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Ari Levy / CNBC: Square raising $200M, partly from Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, at $6B valuation  —  In raising cash, Square heads for $6B valuation: Sources  —  Square, the payments provider that turns any smartphone into a credit card terminal, is in the process of raising capital …

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Zac Bowden / WinBeta: Windows Threshold will include interactive live tiles and a notification center at launch  —  Windows 9 (Threshold): Welcome to Modern UI 2.0  —  The Start Screen is a feature available in Windows 8.x and is loved by many.  Admittedly, it had a rough start when it first entered the market thanks …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: ArcSoft launches Simplicam, a home-monitoring camera with facial recognition for $150, one-day cloud recording an additional $50/year  —  Simplicam gives Dropcam a run for less money  —  Arcsoft is a company you've probably never heard of, but you've likely got some of its technology in your pocket.

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Matthew Prince / CloudFlare Blog: CloudFlare's global connectivity costs suggest telco consolidation increases bandwidth prices for companies  —  The Relative Cost of Bandwidth Around the World  —  Over the last few months, there's been increased attention on networks and how they interconnect.

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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Facebook hires team behind WaveGroup for in-house sound design  —  Facebook didn't actually acquire a sound studio, but it did hire audio engineers  —  Part of Facebook's overall strategy appears to include creating original audio content, as evident by a handful of recent hires who previously worked at sound studio WaveGroup Sound.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Netflix sends 99 percent of its traffic over free connections to ISPs  —  Netflix hates writing checks to Internet service providers—and luckily enough, it usually doesn't have to.Though the streaming video company has complained bitterly about having to pay Comcast, AT&T, Verizon …

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Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader: Kobo Aura H20 review: waterproof, with 6.8-inch e-ink display, but no pinch and zoom, available October 1 for $179  —  Full Review of the Kobo Aura H2O  —  Kobo has an obsession on what constitutes the perfect e-reading experience and they have been feverishly working towards this ideal.

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Matt / Jetpack for WordPress: Automattic acquires security plugin BruteProtect, will build its functionality into Jetpack, retire standalone product  —  Automattic Acquires BruteProtect  —  I'm excited to announce that Automattic has acquired BruteProtect, a plugin and service that protects your sites from malicious logins …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Pre-ordered August Smart Lock for doors starts shipping; new orders at $250, by “late October”  —  August Smart Lock Finally Begins Shipping to Customers [iOS Blog]  —  After a long delay, the August Smart Lock is finally shipping out to preorder customers beginning today.

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Agam Shah / PC World: HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords over fire, burn risk  —  Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could pose fire and burn hazards.  —  HP is recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops.  The company is recalling …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Snapchat Said to Have More Than 100 Million Monthly Active Users  —  The popularity of Snapchat with users is soaring along with its rapidly-rising valuation.  —  Snapchat has entered the elite club of social apps with more than 100 million monthly users, according to people who have been briefed on the company's internal metrics.

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