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Steve Lohr / New York Times: XRay: A New Tool for Tracking the Use of Personal Data on the Web  —  A real problem with personal data today is that the terms of trade so often seem both opaque and askew.  Browse for information, send messages or go shopping online and data about you, your habits and your preferences go off into the digital ether.

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Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal: Sequoia Keeps Medallia to Itself, Adding $50M in Another Solo Round … Sequoia Capital added another $50 million to its investment in Medallia Inc., whose software helps corporations track and manage the experiences of their customers, making its total investment in the company one of the largest that the venture firm has ever made.

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Amir Efrati / The Information: Google is working to overhaul Web services so it can legally offer them to kids; new features include dashboard for parents, child-safe YouTube, more  —  Google Seeks New Customers: Kids  —  Google has been working to overhaul its Web services so it can legally allow children to use them …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Nextdoor now adopted by one in four neighborhoods in the US  —  The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network  —  Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor  —  It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: AppNexus raises $60M at $1.2B valuation, is now profitable  —  Now Profitable, AppNexus Scores $1.2 Billion Valuation For New York Ad Tech Scene  —  The New York ad tech community has a billion-dollar company at last, and it's Brian O'Kelley's AppNexus after all.

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Rich Trenholm / CNET: LG flaunts curved 21:9 monitor, plus a display for gamers  —  LG will show off next month a curved 21:9 monitor, a 4K display for video pros, and a fast-moving monitor for gamers.  —  LG is flaunting its curves with its eye-popping new 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor.

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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban  —  Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg.  The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge …

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Seth Fiegerman / Mashable: Washington Post has had Amazon ‘Buy It Now’ buttons for 5 years, mistakenly put them in text  —  Washington Post Stories Briefly Feature Amazon ‘Buy It Now’ Buttons  —  For a few hours this weekend, it looked like Jeff Bezos had finally showed his hand with The Washington Post.

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Mayumi Negishi / Wall Street Journal: SoftBank Picks Sharp as Partner for Low-Cost Smartphones  —  SoftBank Hopes Aquos Crystal Will Help Differentiate It and Sprint From Rivals  —  TOKYO— SoftBank Corp. and its U.S. unit, Sprint Corp. , picked Sharp Corp. as their partner to develop low-cost smartphones to broaden their lineup …

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Kyle VanHemert / Wired: The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career  —  Jim Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V. He helped build the mouse for the Apple Lisa, which was significant in that it was the first mouse ever used by regular people.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients  —  If you've been to a hospital in a small town or anywhere in the southeastern portion of the United States in the last few years, it's worth keeping an eye on your personal information.  —  Community Health Systems …

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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web: Xbox One August update starts rolling out today, bringing new activity feed and mobile purchases  —  Microsoft promised a series of new features would land in its next Xbox One system update, and now users can finally get their hands on a newly-revamped activity feed and mobile purchases, among others.

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Carole Cadwalladr / Guardian: Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand  —  He was the flamboyant founder of the popular Megaupload site.  But when the US got New Zealand police to arrest him on charges of internet piracy, Kim Dotcom began a remarkable fightback  —  There are no hot-tubs.  No super-yachts.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Rumor suggests Apple is working on its own reversible USB cable  —  A strange new type of USB cable that aims to solve an age-old problem.  —  Dianxinshouji.com.cn  —  If reader reaction is any indication, most of you are looking forward to the new reversible USB Type-C connector spec that was finalized earlier this week.

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David Gelles / New York Times: Tech M&A deals increasingly conducted by corp dev teams with less input from investment banks  —  In Silicon Valley, Mergers Must Meet the Toothbrush Test  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — When deciding whether Google should spend millions or even billions of dollars in acquiring a new company …

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: Telegraph “Forgets” Its Own Stories Documenting Google “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals  —  The Daily Telegraph's recent campaign to document all its stories that have been removed from Google under the EU's Right To Be Forgotten took an odd turn today when the Telegraph itself mysteriously removed three stories about removals.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber  —  The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon.  —  Internet users nationwide are clamoring for fiber, as well …

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Brad Linder / Liliputing: Xiaomi launches MIUI 6, makes Android look more like iOS 7  —  Chinese device maker Xiaomi offers phones, tablets, smart TVs and other products that are known for their high quality and low prices.  But Xiaomi is also known for its MIUI software which gives Google Android a fresh coat of paint …

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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: History of podcasting: from RSS audio enclosures to mainstream acceptance and patent lawsuits  —  10 years of podcasting: Code, comedy, and patent lawsuits  —  A decade ago today—August 13, 2004—former MTV VJ Adam Curry spoke these words, recorded in his car in rural Belgium while driving to the Netherlands:

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: Email is not dying; it's an adaptable, decentralized, open platform that's being unbundled  —  Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet  —  The gentle, dependable workhorse that everyone relies on and nobody owns  —  All these people are trying to kill email.

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Biz Carson / Gigaom: Max Levchin on Affirm, his online payments and lending startup, and his focus on data  —  The Gigaom Interview: Max Levchin on data, sensors and building the future of finance  —  Part of the original “PayPal Mafia” and also formerly of Slide, Max Levchin has made a return …

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Kellex / Droid Life: Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features  —  We are expecting to get official Moto 360 launch details when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but Best Buy may have gone ahead and let us in on all sorts of details early.

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Natasha Singer / New York Times: In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty  —  Just after 4 a.m. on a recent Friday, while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep, Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment, her blond hair pulled back in a tidy French braid, vacuuming the inside of her car.

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Jon Russell / The Next Web: Twitter's latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it's annoying lots of people)  —  Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people.  A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets.

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Dan Primack / Fortune: We lack the data needed to show whether venture capital is performing as an asset class  —  VCs suck (but there's a way you could prove me wrong)  —  There has been a bunch of Twitter conversation this week about venture capital economics and performance, stemming from an HBR post titled Venture Capitalists …

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