July 30, 2013, 5:50 AM

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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Google Chromecast review: can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?  —  Despite the best efforts of Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG and others, most of the televisions in people's homes these days are not of the smart variety.  However, there are hundreds of millions …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone with biometric fingerprint sensor seemingly confirmed by iOS leak  —  Looks like the rumors are true: iOS 7 beta 4 has leaked a new folder called “BiometricKitUI.”  Based on the description, sent to us by Hamza Sood,it seems pretty clear that Apple is preparing a new iPhone …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
‘Everybody Loves Bob’  —  After asking around, word on the Cupertino street is that there's nothing to read between the lines regarding Bob Mansfield no longer being on Apple's executive team.  Apple's statement means exactly what it says — Mansfield is well-liked at all levels within …
Klint Finley / Wired:
When Lousy Code Strikes, Google Dispatches Its Elite ‘Gopher Team’  —  Brad Fitzpatrick was using the most routine bit of Google software you can imagine when the damn thing stalled.  The download was 99 percent done and just stopped.  Download stalls happen every day, but Fitzpatrick took it personally.
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga Is Said to Lose Three Top Executives This Month  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) has lost three top executives this month, people familiar with the matter said, increasing the number of managers who have exited the struggling social-games developer.  —  John Osvald, a senior vice president of games …
HTC sees Q3 revenue sliding as much as 30 pct, missing forecasts  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's HTC Corp expects revenue to fall as much as 30 percent in the third quarter compared to the previous three months, far below analysts' forecasts.  —  A delayed launch for the much-hyped HTC One this year …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Android 4.3 Update Brings TRIM to All Nexus Devices  —  One of the common complaints late in the life of the original Nexus 7 was slow storage I/O performance, leading to an inconsistent user experience.  After a fresh flash, the Nexus 7 was speedy and performant, but after months …
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Apple's Response to Latest Supplier Labor Abuse Allegations … New York-based nonprofit China Labor Watch on Monday released a report alleging labor abuses — including environmental and safety violations, withholding of worker pay and poor living conditions — at Taiwanese Apple Inc. contractor Pegatron.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
David Carr / New York Times:
VCR's Past Is Guiding Television's Future  —  The last few weeks have been a rugged legal stretch for incumbent television companies.  —  First, an appeals court declined to rehear a case in which broadcasters sought to close down Aereo, a company that allows users to record and play back broadcast television over the Internet.
Tweets: @edlynskey
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Hidden Spotify Features Show Music Discovery Could Get So Much Better  —  It looks like Spotify is about to launch an entirely new way for you to browse its catalog with more sophisticated playlists.  While the subscription music service hasn't officially launched the features, they're live on Spotify's web player.
Tweets: @scottlowe
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's new Bluetooth ‘Treasure Tag’ will prevent you from ever losing your keys again  —  Nokia is preparing to launch a proximity sensor accessory for its range of Lumia Windows Phones.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the Finnish smartphone maker will debut a …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
US patent office rejects claims of Apple ‘pinch to zoom’ patent  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.

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