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July 3, 2013, 11:40 PM

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GigaOM:
Doug Engelbart, American inventor and computing legend, passes away.  —  Douglas “Doug” Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing science icon passed away last night, according to family sources.  The news of his passing was shared on Professor David Farber's email list.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Streaming Entertainment Startup Boxee Acquired By Samsung For Around $30M  —  Israeli and NYC-based streaming media and entertainment startup Boxee has been acquired by South Korean electronics giant Samsung, we've been told by reliable sources.  The Tel Aviv-based startup launched …
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Moto X Details Revealed: Colors, Wallpapers, Engravings Will Be Customizable at U.S. Factory  —  Motorola's upcoming phone called the Moto X will allow users to fully customize the look of the device with different colors and an engraving, sources have told ABC News.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Acquires Xobni for Upward of $30 Million (Like ATD Said, Part 2)  —  Yahoo said it has bought Xobni, as AllThingsD had previously reported it was planning to do.  —  According to numerous sources close to the company, Yahoo paid $30 million to $40 million for the maker of address book apps and plugins.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Twitter Shows The Way Forward With Do Not Track  —  Twitter today announced a new way of targeting advertisements for its users, including a partnership with three online tracking firms: media6degrees (m6d), Chango, and Adara.  This new system will display ads based on your behavior and reading habits …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Boston University sues Apple over 1997 patent, asks for ban on iPhone sales  —  How do college students feel about this one?  The powers that be at Boston University want a federal court to ban the sale of a wide range of Apple products — including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers  —  Payment providers are increasingly taking action against sites and services that are linked to copyright infringement.  —  There's an unwritten rule that Mastercard and Visa don't accept file-hosting sites that have an affiliate program …
More: Techdirt and ZDNet
Peter Kinnaird:
Algorithmic Privacy versus Personal Privacy  —  Fifty two percent of Americans believe that US Government officials should not be able to monitor “emails and other online activities” to prevent future terrorist activities, according to a Washington Post poll conducted on June 10 in response to Snowden's leaks.
Avishay Bassa / GeekTime:
Exclusive: Viber testing new business model, hijacking your cellular calls  —  Last month, Viber announced reaching 200 million users of their service.  The company's current growth is particularly impressive, with data showing half a million new users joining the service every day.
More: TechCrunch
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft drops Facebook and Flickr photo integration from Windows 8.1, recommends official apps  —  One of the selling points of Windows Phone is the tight social integration and ability to pull photos from Facebook into the built-in photo application.  Microsoft mimicked this same functionality …
More: Engadget and PetaPixel
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The $50 Million Man: Mattrick Gets Hefty Cash and Stock Package From Zynga, Including $19.3 Million in the First Year  —  Zynga just filed its 8-K regulatory filing that outlines the compensation it took to attract Microsoft Xbox head Don Mattrick to the troubled social online gaming company as its new CEO …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is considering a reorganization that would put Skype president Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, according to people familiar with the matter.

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