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July 29, 2013, 5:10 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Says SVP Bob Mansfield “No Longer” on Executive Team, But Gives No Explanation as to Why … Early Sunday afternoon, Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of technologies, disappeared from the company's Web site, his biography removed from its executive profiles page without explanation.
CJ Heres / GTV Hacker:
Chromecast: Exploiting the Newest Device By Google.  —  On Wednesday, July 24th Google launched the Chromecast.  As soon as the source code hit we began our audit.  Within a short period of time we had multiple items to look at for when our devices arrived.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History  —  A revolution began here.  And this is what is left over.  —  The precise center of Silicon Valley when it was the most important manufacturing region on Earth is now home to Super Space Self Storage.  —  I was able to map this location thanks …
More: The VergeTweets: @davewiner
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video  —  Lee Hutchinson has a problem.  My fellow Ars writer is a man who loves to watch YouTube videos—mostly space rocket launches and gun demonstrations, I assume—but he never knows when his home Internet service will let him do so.
New York Times:
Merger Is Set To Create World's No. 1 Ad Company  —  After decades of buying up boutique firms, the advertising conglomerates Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe finally set their sights on one another.  —  The two announced a merger on Sunday that would create the world's biggest family of agencies …
Susan Berfield / Businessweek:
The End: Barnes & Noble in Silicon Valley  —  As the chief executive of Barnes & Noble (BKS) from 2010 to 2013, William Lynch might have had one of the most difficult jobs in the retail business.  He made it harder still by running a large chain of bookstores as though it were a tech startup.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @levie
Wall Street Journal:
Worker Group Alleges Abuses at Apple Supplier in China  —  China Labor Watch Alleges Safety and Pay Issues at Pegatron Plants  —  BEIJING—A new report from a Chinese workers-rights group alleges labor abuses at a major Apple Inc. contractor the company has been using more as it shifts some work from longtime supplier Foxconn.

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