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July 23, 2013, 1:20 PM

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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Verizon Reveals The $99 Motorola Droid Mini, $199 Droid Ultra, And The $299 Droid Maxx  —  As if we didn't already have enough Motorola phones to wait for, Verizon showed off a trio of new Motorola DROID smartphones at a (surprisingly cozy) event in New York City.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Motorola using its own multi-core chip in new Droids (update)  —  Motorola is getting into the system-on-a-chip game.  At Verizon's event in New York City today, the Illinois-based manufacturer announced the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which the company is calling an “8-core” chip.
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Jeremiah Rice / Android Police:
Exclusive: Moto X Camera's New Minimalist User Interface And Swipe Gestures  —  Are you sick of hearing about the Moto X yet?  Too bad: it's just over a week until Motorola's official debut, and the Good Ship Google is as leaky as ever.  The latest tidbits of information from an anonymous tipster …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The Web's longest nightmare ends: Eolas patents are dead on appeal  —  The Eolas patents were uniquely threatening to the Web, and drew Tim Berners-Lee's personal attention.  —  Christian Payne / flickr  —  The inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, had never testified in court before last year.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Brings Its Mobile Magazines To The Web  —  Flipboard started on mobile devices, but the magazine app is moving to the web today with the launch of a new site.  Its 75 million registered users will be getting access to its superior formatting and curation features for articles, photos and video on their desktops and laptops.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Spreadsheet of the day: Final estimates for Apple's Q3 2013  —  The forecasts of 58 Apple analysts — 38 Wall Street professionals and 20 independents  —  FORTUNE — The results of Fortune's quarterly survey of Apple (AAPL) analysts are in.  The professionals are, as usual …
Macworld:
Apple: One billion iTunes podcast subscriptions and counting  —  Apple on Monday announced that the iTunes Store eclipsed 1 billion podcast subscriptions.  That's a whole lot of talking.  A special promotion appeared in the iTunes Podcasts directory to commemorate the big number.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
MaskMe: an online disguise for your email and credit card  —  Why give away your private data?  —  Every time you sign up for a web service or buy something online, you're entrusting some company with your information — whether your email address, an account login, or your credit card number.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia 625 official: Entry-level LTE Windows Phone with a 4.7-inch display (video)  —  The rumors were (unsurprisingly) true.  Nokia's revealed its biggest phone to date, with a screen measuring in at 4.7 inches.  It's the Lumia 625 and the series has certainly grown a fair bit since the Lumia 620 launched earlier this year.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Analyst's predictions for 2013: New iPhones to be in short supply, Haswell iMacs/MacBook Pros arriving, no new iPad mini  —  Analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, who has a fairly strong track record in predicting future Apple products (timing not withstanding), has issued a new report with claims for some of Apple's new products for the rest of 2013.
AnandTech:
Samsung Updates Exynos 5 Octa (5420), Switches Back to ARM GPU  —  In the first part of our series on ARM, we mentioned that with every major microprocess design ARM tries to choose 3 licensees to get early access to technology.  It's very clear that Samsung was among the early three to get ahold of Cortex A15 IP.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Brings Cloud Print To Windows, Makes Printer Sharing Easier  —  Google today launched a number of updates to Cloud Print that finally bring it to Windows and make it easier to share printers with others.  —  Even Google knows that there are still some occasions when you just need to print something …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Akamai: Average Internet speed up 17% year-over-year to finally pass 3 Mbps, while mobile data traffic doubled  —  For the first time, global average connection speeds have surpassed the 3 Mbps mark.  At the same time, the demands of the mobile world are growing very fast, with data traffic doubling in the last year.
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Funds Invest in Electronic Spying Startups  —  Snowden Revelations Spotlight Growth of Private Companies Working in Cyberwarfare  —  WASHINGTON—The string of revelations about America's surveillance apparatus by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has cast …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco Acquires Cybersecurity Company Sourcefire For $2.7B  —  Cisco has just announced the acquisition of Sourcefire, a company that creates cybersecurity products to protect companies from attacks.  The purchase price is $2.7 billion, or $76 per share in cash plus retention-based incentives.

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