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August 20, 2014, 12:30 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Verizon to launch its own app store to compete with Google Play, claims report  —  Verizon is going to launch its own app store in an effort to compete with the Google Play Store on Android devices, claims a report from The Information.  The new store will be available globally and is the result …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter to Remove Images of the Deceased Upon Families' Request  —  Twitter said on Tuesday it will remove images of deceased individuals at the request of family members, a move that comes a week after Robin Williams's daughter said she is quitting the platform after being sent disturbing photo-shopped images of her father's death.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8 turns up evidence of another possible iPhone 6 resolution: a larger 828 x 1472  —  Early this year, we heard from a source that Apple had been testing multiple resolutions for the iPhone 6's larger display, including a resolution of 960 x 1704.  As we outlined, the benefit of that resolution …
Reed Hastings / Wired:
How to Save the Net: Don't Give In to Big ISPs  —  The next Netflix won't stand a chance if the largest Internet service providers in the US are allowed to merge.  —  The Internet has  —  already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started.
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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
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Hackers used Heartbleed vulnerability to exploit 4.5M patient records at Community Health Systems  —  CHS Hacked via Heartbleed Vulnerability  —  As many of you may have already been aware, a breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) affecting an estimated 4.5 million patients was recently revealed.
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say  —  The former CEO cited a busy schedule, particularly involving his LA Clippers basketball team, for the board resignation  —  It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave …
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Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Twitter now officially says your timeline is more than just tweets from people you follow  —  Many Twitter users have noticed that Twitter is now inserting tweets into their timelines that seemingly don't belong.  This is not an accident.  Twitter has updated its help document, “What's a Twitter timeline?”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung's first Nook tablet arrives at Barnes & Noble today for $179  —  Samsung is becoming Barnes & Noble's first partner to create a Nook-branded tablet today with the unveiling and release of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.  The name is a mouthful, but it basically means that the tablet …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital  —  Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding.  —  The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant's later-stage investment fund) …
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.  With a standard smartphone camera, users are now able to create customized …
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sharp's Aquos Crystal: a 5-inch, 720p, edge-to-edge display smartphone lacking premium specs  —  Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy  —  And it's only $239  —  This week, Sharp, Softbank, and Sprint announced a new line of devices called Acquos Crystal …

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Intel:
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