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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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Wall Street Journal: Kleiner Perkins investing up to $20M in Snapchat at a valuation of nearly $10B  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Agrees to Invest in Snapchat  —  Ephemeral Messaging Service Gets a Venture-Capital Shot in the Arm  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat Inc. …

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Sue Marek / FierceWireless: Lurie named CEO of AT&T Mobility, de la Vega to oversee mobile and enterprise  —  AT&T (NYSE: T) promoted Glenn Lurie to president and CEO of AT&T Mobility.  Lurie was previously the president of AT&T Mobility's Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships business.

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code: Tim Cook says the recent slump in iPad sales is just a “speed bump”  —  In Defense of Tablets  —  The tablet is doomed.  It was a fad.  Who needs one, anyway?  —  At least that's the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news.

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Charles Arthur / Guardian: Chitika and comScore data suggests Amazon unlikely to have sold more than 35,000 Fire phones  —  Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire phones, data suggests  —  Amazon doesn't give sales data for its devices, but figures from comScore and Chitika suggest only modest sales so far

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Square Cash 2.0 Adds Free Money Transfer By Text Message, Payment Notes And More  —  Square has a new update out for its Cash app that lets users send cash by text, greatly improving the versatility of the mobile payment app.  The update also improves the user interface for sending …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Documents and interviews reveal Uber's sophisticated, nationwide scheme to poach Lyft drivers  —  This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft  —  ‘Brand ambassadors’ with burner phones and credit cards attempt to #shavethestache  —  Uber is arming teams of independent contractors …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Chrome 37 launches with DirectWrite support for better-looking fonts on Windows, revamped password manager  —  Google today released Chrome version 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Among the changes are better-looking fonts on Windows and a revamped password manager; you can update …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Job Platform ZipRecruiter Takes Its First Outside Funding, $63M Led By IVP  —  The global market for jobseeking and hiring services is estimated to be worth some $85 billion, and a startup called ZipRecruiter is today announcing a significant round of funding that it hopes will help it be a key player in an evolving recruitment market.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows Threshold moving to regular incremental updates; ARM-based preview due next year  —  Windows ‘Threshold’ and cadence: How fast is too fast?  —  Summary: With an enterprise technical preview coming in a few weeks, and an ARM-based test version due early next year, the next version of Windows is approaching rapidly.

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Bloomberg: Apple Said to Prepare New 12.9-Inch IPad for Early 2015  —  Apple Inc.'s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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