July 4, 2013, 8:10 PM

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James Brightman / GamesIndustry International:
NPD preparing to track digital sales this year  —  Nine publishers are on board so far, and the goal is to launch a global digital sales tracking service “quickly due to the pending console launches”  —  Digital sales are growing every year in the games business.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
France has its own PRISM-like surveillance program, report suggests  —  French president François Hollande has been vocal in his objections to the U.S. bugging European institutions but, when the PRISM scandal broke, some criticized him for staying silent - after all …
Laura Hudson / Wired:
For the First Time, You Can Actually Own the Digital Comics You Buy  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — If you've ever bought a digital comic book, your experience probably went something like this: You opened up an app like ComiXology, paid around $1.99 to $3.99 — likely, the same price as a print issue …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Leaked Nokia ‘Lumia 1020’ image reveals ‘Pro Cam’ and AT&T branding  —  An image of a new Nokia device purporting to be the long-awaited Windows Phone successor to the company's 808 PureView phone just surfaced, appearing to confirm that the device is headed to AT&T. The image comes courtesy of EVLeaks …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pew: Reddit Used By 6% Of U.S. Online Adults, Putting It On Par With Tumblr, But Far Behind Facebook  —  In a post explaining why he thinks Google shuttered Google Reader, Marco Arment calls Google, Facebook, and Twitter “by far the three most important web players today” when it comes to how we discover and consume information.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor of the Computer Mouse, Dies at 88  —  Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology's potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions — among them the computer mouse — that became the basis …
Ethan Bilby / Reuters:
Sentences for cyber crime and snooping to be tougher across EU  —  (Reuters) - EU lawmakers agreed on Thursday to toughen criminal penalties across the European Union for cyber attacks, especially those that include harming critical national infrastructure and hijacking computers to steal sensitive data.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
eBay Buys And In Belgium, Consolidates Classifieds Power In Europe  —  It may be a holiday in the U.S. but eBay never sleeps.  Today, the American e-commerce giant announced that it is buying and, the two biggest online classified sites in Belgium …

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