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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: HP to announce Sprout, a device combining large display, touch surface, 3D scanner, projector  —  HP Will Unveil New Computing Product Called Sprout Next Week  —  When Hewlett-Packard announced it would split in two — one company devoted to PCs and printing; the other to enterprise IT …

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: Privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani, who helped Washington Post with its Snowden reporting, named FTC's chief technologist  —  Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist  —  The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Aware of iCloud Login Harvesting in China, Launches Browser Security Guide  —  Earlier this week, web censorship blog Great Fire suggested that hackers aligned with Chinese authorities were using man-in-the-middle attacks in order to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users that visited Apple's iCloud.com website.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: New Social Network Tsu — Which Pays Users Who Post — Raises $7 Million  —  New social network Tsu believes it can get you excited about seeing advertisements.  (Seriously!)  —  That's because Tsu, which launched on Tuesday with a $7 million investment led by Sancus Capital …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps  —  Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly.

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Marcus Wohlsen / Wired: Nielsen partners with Adobe to rate all online content, from videos and podcasts to articles  —  Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles  —  The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn't like it used to be.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google Play Music adds Songza's contextual playlists for All Access subscribers, Material Design UI  —  Google brings Songza's best feature to Play Music  —  But only All Access subscribers get to use it  —  After purchasing Songza for an undisclosed sum earlier this year …

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John Cook / GeekWire: Former Microsoft exec Bob Muglia raises $26M for Snowflake, a data warehousing startup  —  Bob Muglia is floating in the clouds, or should we say on some snowflakes.  The longtime Microsoft veteran — who left the company in 2011 after 23 years, including a stint as the president …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks  —  Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand  —  Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google beefs up 2-step verification with physical USB Security Key option in Chrome  —  Google today announced it is beefing up its two-step verification feature with Security Key, a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website.

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John Ribeiro / PC World: NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use  —  Samsung Electronics' Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.  —  The Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) …

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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Values CEO Satya Nadella's Pay at $84 Million  —  Call Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the $84 million man.  —  Microsoft said it awarded the new CEO compensation valued at more than $84 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.  —  The majority of the money, $59.2 million …

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Staples investigating credit card breach at its retail stores after multiple banks report fraud  —  Banks: Credit Card Breach at Staples Stores  —  Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Verizon misses Q3 profit expectations, posts higher revenue, adds 1.5M retail customers  —  Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers  —  The company did post strong customer growth, driven largely by increased tablet sales.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Banks racing to become your first card in Apple Pay as most users will use the default card  —  New Gold Rush: why banks are racing to be the first card in your Apple Pay  —  Beyond the home screen, beyond the lock screen, the battle for the pre-screen  —  Over the weekend I was hit …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds  —  It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that.  The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz …

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times: Scammers hack business phone networks to rack up billions in fraudulent charges, vexing carriers and lawmakers  —  Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

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Julia Powles / Guardian: UK High Court determines ISPs must block sites selling counterfeit goods  —  Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, high court rules  —  In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods

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Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger: Ooyala, recently acquired by Telstra, buys UK based video ad tech company Videoplaza  —  Telstra Subsidiary Ooyala Agrees To Acquire Video SSP Videoplaza  —  The turf war for programmatic video technologies wages on.  —  Video distribution and analytics platform Ooyala …

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Intel for Bitcoin  —  AlphaPoint has raised $1.35m in new funding to expand its line of digital currency exchange solutions while bringing its products to new international markets.  —  The funding round included VC firms Ben Franklin Technology Partners …

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Dan Frommer / Quartz: Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future  —  Apple's iPad business was the lone drag in its otherwise strong earnings report today. iPad sales last quarter dropped 13% from the previous year, to 12.3 million, their third straight quarter of decline.

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Rene Ritchie / iMore: Apple clarifies Spotlight Search data and location sharing, says information shared is minimal  —  Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know  —  A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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Barb Darrow / Gigaom: OpenStack vendor Mirantis raises $100M in series B, aims for 2016 IPO  —  Mirantis hopes massive $100M round will pave the road to IPO-ville  —  Mirantis' goal: Keep building its OpenStack customer base and boost consistency to prep for an IPO as early as 2016.

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Bryan Johnson / Medium: Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announces $100M OS Fund to spur founders with audacious ideas  —  Change the World  —  A challenge worthy of the greatest hearts and minds of our generation  —  Today I am announcing the OS Fund—$100 million of my personal capital dedicated to investing …

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iFixit: Mac Mini 2014 teardown: CPU and RAM soldered to logic board, impeding user repairs or upgrades  —  Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown  —  This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.  —  It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table …

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