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July 31, 2013, 3:10 PM

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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’  —  A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals …
Guardian:
XKeyscore presentation from 2008 - read in full  —  Training materials for the NSA's XKeyscore program detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the internet
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive following trademark case with broadcaster  —  A UK court recently ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name infringed on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), and the software maker has agreed to change the name of its cloud-based service worldwide as a result.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook takes on Twitter with embeddable statuses and photos — but there's a catch  —  Facebook today announced that public photos, statuses, videos, and hashtags can now be embedded on the web, but there's a catch: in order to embed a post, you'll need to install a Facebook plug-in on your website.
AnandTech:
Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S 4  —  Yesterday we posted our analysis of the Exynos 5 Octa's behavior in international versions of the Galaxy S 4 in certain benchmarks first discovered by Beyond3D user @Andreif7.  Samsung addressed issue on their blog earlier today:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Dropcam Snaps Up $30M for Connected Video Cameras  —  A recent generation of Web-connected hardware startups — Withings, Fitbit (unofficial), and now Dropcam — have in the past few months raised $30 million each to scale their businesses.  Funnily enough, it seems to be a magic number for the cohort …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Office for Android now available, but not for tablets  —  Microsoft is extending its Office mobile software to Android this week, bringing basic editing to smartphones running Android 4.0 or higher.  Following the release of Office for iPhone, the Android variant is almost identical in what it provides and its requirements.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Google is testing a local news product for Google Now  —  Google has hatched a plan to boost the visibility of its existing local news product, and in the process is testing a whole new way to get people to pay attention to the news that is geographically most relevant to them.
Mark Collins / GSM Insider:
Moto X To Use Nano-SIM Card, SIM Tray Leaks In Hong Kong  —  Moto X leaks again and again.  This time is about the Nano-SIM tray of the Moto X. It was leaked earlier in an Asian country, Hong Kong.  It looks like Moto X is available in different parts of the world.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Review of Google's New Chromecast  —  Google is trying to change television watching again, after the tepid response to its Google TV product a few years back.  This time, instead of building a complex system to bring apps and Internet video to the TV, the search giant is taking a simpler approach.

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