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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Investor Eric Jackson pesters Yahoo and its CEO, hoping to attract activist investor or buyer  —  A Yahoo Fanboy Turns Critic: “I Am Committed to Remaining a Pest”  —  What exactly is investor and Forbes columnist Eric Jackson up to with his now month-old blog attack on Yahoo and, most pointedly, its CEO, Marissa Mayer?

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Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal: Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifeld raises $4.3M for education software company FreshGrade  —  FreshGrade Raises $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Students and Parents … Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifeld sold his kid-safe, massively multiplayer online gaming community to Walt Disney Co. in 2007 in what amounted to a $350 million deal.

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Selena Larson / ReadWrite: Medium adds public follower and following lists to profile pages, catching users off guard  —  In Exposing Followers, Medium Fails Readers  —  If Medium wants to turn itself into a respectable publisher, it probably shouldn't behave like a social network.

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Greg Finn / Search Engine Land: Farewell ‘Pure’ Exact Match, AdWords Will Soon Require All Campaigns To Use Close Variants  —  Today Google has announced that in late September, AdWords advertisers will no longer have the ability to de-select close variants.  All campaigns will now include these variants, something that advertisers could previously opt out of.

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Cat Zakrzewski / TechCrunch: Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville  —  Earlier this summer, we saw Uber experiment with UberRUSH, a courier service in New York City.  The car service seems to be testing the waters for another service, announcing it will move Atlanta college students and Nashville residents this weekend.

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: Germany recorded John Kerry, Hillary Clinton phone calls ‘by accident’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hilary Clinton, were both caught up in German spy efforts, says a new report.  According to German weekly Der Spiegel, the country's foreign intelligence agency …

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Rémi Rousseau / Medium: Surgeon uses synchronized GoPros to record surgery, Oculus Rift to play it back for students  —  Virtual surgery gets real  —  What the Oculus Rift could mean for the future of medecine  —  Technological innovation takes time : virtual reality has been a thing in the medical field …

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Explainer: How Google's New SSL / HTTPS Ranking Factor Works  —  Last Thursday, Google launched a new ranking signal to give HTTPS sites a ranking boost, a small ranking boost, to encourage webmasters to migrate their sites from HTTP to HTTPS.  —  In our story from Thursday …

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Heise: GCHQ's “HACIENDA” program completed full port scans targeting 27 countries  —  NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization  —  Translations of this article are available in German, French, Italian and Spanish.  —  Since the early days of TCP …

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Mike Williams / BBC: UK Premier League warns about posting goal videos, says it's developing tech to find violators  —  Premier League warns about posting goal videos online  —  The Premier League has told Newsbeat they're going to clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: BBM for Windows Phone comes out of beta  —  BlackBerry today released BBM for Windows Phone, finally removing the beta tag.  You can download the app now directly from the Windows Phone Store.  —  The company explains that the version 1.01 release fixes a number of bugs and makes performance improvements …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Latest audit on two Chinese Apple suppliers finds labor, health violations  —  Apple says it's made “meaningful improvements” since the 2013 inspections.  —  A new report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on two facilities run by of one of Apple's manufacturing partners has found numerous violations …

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Richard Harper / Inside Microsoft Research: Microsoft says WindUp, their Snapchat-like app, is for noncommercial, research purposes only  —  WindUp: Researching Patterns of Content Creation and Exchange  —  Given erroneous press reports about our research, as the lead for a Microsoft Research project called WindUp, I want to clarify our project's objectives.

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post: Spyware tools allow buyers to slip malicious code into YouTube videos, Microsoft pages  —  CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009.  His instructions were unusually opaque.  —  As he boarded the flight …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Yahoo Acquires Ad Startup ClarityRay  —  Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo.  —  A Yahoo spokesperson sent me the following statement confirming the deal: … I first wrote about ClarityRay two years ago after it raised $500,000 in funding from its chairman Saar Wilf.

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Josh Ong / The Next Web: Google buys city guides app Jetpac, support to end on September 15  —  Google has acquired the team behind Jetpac, an iPhone app for crowdsourcing city guides from public Instagram photos.  —  The app will be pulled from the App Store in coming days, and support for the service will be discontinued on September 15.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: IBM, Lenovo server deal gets final clearance from US regulators  —  Summary: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the $2.3 billion sale of IBM's x86 server business to Chinese PC maker Lenovo.  —  IBM received good news from the Committee on Foreign Investment …

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Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal: DataRobot, Run by World's Top Data Scientists, Raises $21M Series A … Even before launching its full-scale service that cranks out algorithms for use by data scientists, DataRobot Inc. has nabbed a $21 million Series A round at a $60 million pre-money valuation, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page  —  Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents.  The team shown on Apple's official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve …

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Alina Selyukh / Reuters: U.S. extends deadline for ‘net neutrality’ comments to Sept 15  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its proposed new “net neutrality” rules through Sept. 15, giving Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North  —  Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures.  The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part …

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Bloomberg: China Mobile cutting $2B or 38% in phone subsidies after government tells carriers to do so  —  China Mobile Surges on Planned $2 Billion Cut in Subsidy  —  China Mobile Ltd. (941) rose to the highest in six years after saying it will cut $2 billion from the subsidies that help consumers …

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Laura Stampler / TIME: Facebook: 1.2M unique ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted, and 15M people discussed it  —  This Is How Many Ice Bucket Challenge Videos People Have Posted on Facebook  —  Hint: It's more than a million.  —  If you thought that the only thing on your Facebook Newsfeed right now was videos …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: “all about scale”, but will remain independent  —  Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung?  —  Making every home a smart home  —  It was just two years ago that home-automation company SmartThings began life as a Kickstarter project.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: FAA rules pilots without commercial licenses can't use startups like AirPooler to share rides  —  FAA Bans Planesharing Startups  —  There will be no “ZimRide for airplanes”, according to an FAA ruling released today that prohibits private pilots from publicly offering seats on their planes …

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