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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: Apple considering sapphire glass screens for more expensive models of new iPhones this fall, producing sapphire displays for smartwatch  —  Apple Considers Using Harder Material in Pricier Models  —  Apple Inc. created the blueprint for a smartphone when it covered the touch screen of its first iPhone in glass, instead of plastic.

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Brad Molen / Engadget: HTC Creative Labs launches beta of Zoe, an app for sharing highlight reels, on non-HTC phones  —  HTC's Zoe app is a social network that uses highlight reels  —  HTC's days of acting like a wallflower at the school dance are over — the company's ready to explore its social side.

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store  —  Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store.  Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back.

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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal: Tech executives Zuckerberg, Nadella, Costolo, Schiller, and others take “ice bucket challenge” to raise ALS awareness  —  Ice Bucket Challenge: Zuckerberg, Nadella and More  —  The “ice bucket challenge,” a campaign to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) …

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Zach Honig / Engadget: YouTube refreshes television app for set-top boxes, game consoles and smart TVs  —  If you use YouTube's app on your TV, get ready for a new UI (finally!).  The app has a much cleaner look now, in line with Google's Material Design, and includes features that you're used to seeing on your computer …

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Florin T. / PhoneArena: Meet the 6-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2  —  Samsung is getting ready to launch a successor to the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 from last year: a new device that should be called Galaxy Mega 2.  While we heard about it several times before, it's only now that we get to see what the handset looks like …

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Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal: Q&A: Lenovo CEO on How It Plans to Grow With Smartphones  —  Last year, Lenovo Group became the world's largest personal-computer maker, overtaking Hewlett-Packard.  Now, the Chinese company is trying to repeat the success with smartphones, competing head-on with Samsung Electronics in emerging markets.

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Missy Cummings / Wired: FAA needs to speed up U.S. drone policy development and R&D strategy to compete globally  —  We Need to Reform Our Drone Policies (But This Isn't About Privacy)  —  Last week the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria using F-18 fighter jets and predator drones.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Yahoo relaunches its ecommerce platform as Yahoo Stores: SEO, themes, real-time analytics for Web and mobile  —  Yahoo today announced it has relaunched its ecommerce platform as Yahoo Stores, a “completely reimagined, next-generation version” with the same goal of helping anyone start, build and grow a successful business online.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple starts using China Telecom's data centers to store iCloud data for China users, rather than US locations  —  Apple has begun using Chinese data centers to store iCloud data for local Apple customers, the first time Apple has used mainland China for iCloud account and information storage.

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Quentyn Kennemer / Phandroid: Retailer leaks Galaxy Note 4 specs: 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805, 4K video and more  —  While it won't be terribly long before Samsung lets us in on their little Samsung Galaxy Note 4 secret, we're eager to find out what's in store for their second half flagship ahead of its September 3rd revelation.

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Many US companies failing to uphold EU privacy rules, privacy group claims in FTC complaint  —  Summary: The rules that govern how EU data is treated in the US are being violated by major tech companies, according to a privacy group in a filed complaint to the FTC.  —  Zack Whittaker

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Motorola plans Sept 4 event to debut Moto 360, Moto X, G sequels  —  The company is hosting an event in Chicago for the eagerly anticipated smartwatch, with an array of other products in tow.  —  Motorola Mobility's Moto 360 smartwatch will finally get its official launch.

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Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: PGP, which hasn't fundamentally evolved since the 1990s, needs to die  —  What's the matter with PGP?  —  Image source: @bcrypt.  —  Last Thursday, Yahoo announced their plans to support end-to-end encryption using a fork of Google's end-to-end email extension.  This is a Big Deal.

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BBC: Berlin bans Uber app citing passenger safety  —  The mobile taxi app Uber has been banned in Berlin by the city's State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.  —  In a statement, the authority said it had banned the app on passenger safety grounds and threatened the firm with a 25,000 euro …

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Elise Hu / NPR: Comments sent to FCC were overwhelmingly pro net neutrality, most opposing came from templates  —  A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments  —  When the Federal Communications Commission asked for public comments about the issue of keeping the Internet free and open, the response was huge.

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Ask.com Buys Ask.fm, an Anonymous Q.&A. Start-Up  —  Ask, and ye shall receive.  —  Ask.com, the Oakland, Calif.-based company owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, announced on Thursday it had acquired Ask.fm, a highly popular question-and-answer website.  —  The move signals Ask.com's first significant push into social networking.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Spring, David Tisch's Latest Venture, Is Instagram For Shopping  —  For the past year, investor and serial entrepreneur David Tisch has been working with his brother Alan to build an enjoyable way to shop on mobile.  Today, that fruits of that labor springs onto the scene.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Sony hopes its ‘Album of the Day’ app for iOS will make you buy digital records again  —  Digital music sales are beginning to slow, but Sony is hoping to reverse that trend with its new ‘Album of the Day’ app for the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  As the name implies, Sony will promote …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Luminal Closes $10M Series B Round For Its Cloud Management Service  —  Luminal, a Maryland-based service that that helps businesses manage their cloud deployments, today announced that is has secured a $10 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates.  This brings the company's total funding to $13.8 million.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Beats Music “Listen Now” feature starts rolling out to Shazam iOS app  —  Users of the Shazam iOS application have begun noticing that Shazam is testing a new “Listen Now” feature with the Apple-owned Beats Music streaming service.  Like it does with both iTunes Radio, Spotify, and Rdio …

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Girls Who Code has grown from 20 students at Facebook in 2012 to 380 at 16 companies in 2014  —  No boys allowed: Girls Who Code takes on gender gap  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Each morning this summer, Jazmine Fernandez hopped the subway to downtown Oakland and boarded a shuttle bus bound for Silicon Valley.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Dash app, which analyzes data from your car's On Board Diagnostic port, arrives on iPhone  —  Dash's Smart Driving App Arrives On iPhone  —  The Dash smart driving assistant that made its debut earlier this year on Android has launched on iPhone answering one of the most frequently heard requests from its users.

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Dara Kerr / CNET: Facial recognition tech leads feds to fugitive after 14 years  —  A cold case comes back to life after facial recognition software recognizes an alleged US outlaw who'd been hiding out in Nepal.  —  Facial recognition technology used on the photo in the Neil Stammer wanted poster led to his arrest.

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Reuters: Canada's Desire2Learn raises $85 mln for global e-learning push  —  Canada's D2L Inc said on Thursday it raised $85 million in venture capital funds, the country's biggest such deal this year, as the fast-growing owner of educational software maker Desire2Learn looks to ramp up its overseas expansion.

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