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July 15, 2013, 9:20 AM

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Paul Graham:
Do Things that Don't Scale  —  One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale.  A lot of would-be founders believe that startups either take off or don't.  You build something, make it available, and if you've made a better mousetrap, people beat a path to your door as promised.
Daniel Tyson / Ausdroid:
Motorola Moto X being released in August in Black and White - Always on voice commands  —  A video from Toronto, Canada based Rogers Wireless has appeared on Google+ user Ð" page and shows off the long awaited Motorola Moto X. The video also shows off the always on voice commands and other features of the phone.
Gerry Smith / The Huffington Post:
Inside The Massive Global Black Market For Smartphones  —  Before a federal SWAT team descended last summer, one storefront in a Detroit suburb attracted so many people bearing shopping bags stuffed with iPhones and iPads that managers installed a port-a-potty on the sidewalk.
More: iMore and The VergeTweets: @emmagfThanks:@gerryfsmith
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Leaked letter shows ISPs and government at war  —  I've written before on the dialogue of the deaf between politicians and the internet industry over child internet safety - and now the relationship seems to be getting even worse.  A letter sent to the UK's four leading ISPs from the government has made them very cross indeed.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple ‘Aggressively’ Hiring for Smart Watch Project, Looking Toward Late 2014 Launch  —  Financial Times reports that Apple is “aggressively” hiring new employees to help with its smart watch effort, suggesting that the company needs additional expertise to tackle the project's challenges.
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Travellers' mobile phone data seized by police at border  —  Thousands of innocent holidaymakers and travellers are having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by the police, The Telegraph can disclose.  —  A police officer can stop any passenger at random …
More: iMore and The Verge
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Signs Deal with Samsung for 14-nm A9 Chips Starting in 2015  —  The Korea Economic Daily reports that Apple and Samsung today officially signed an agreement that will see the two companies working together on future A-series chips for Apple's iOS devices …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft chops Surface RT price to $349  —  One Microsoft bull urges consumers to take a pass, even at that price  —  Microsoft on Sunday slashed prices on its Surface RT tablets by as much as 30%, with the entry-level 32GB model selling for $349.  —  The 64GB Surface RT was also discounted by $150 …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
N.S.A. Leaks Revive Push in Russia to Control Net  —  MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, fled the United States saying he did not want to live in a surveillance state.  —  But now the Russians are using his very presence here …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Web industry officials balk at domain expansion plan  —  A plan to dramatically expand the numbers of possible Web addresses — by adding more than 1,000 new domains such as “.buy,” “.casino” and “.gay” — could cause widespread disruption to Internet operations, say some industry officials.

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