July 31, 2013, 9:10 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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
NSA Director Heckled At Conference As He Asks For Security Community's Understanding  —  When NSA Director Keith Alexander appeared at the Las Vegas security conference Black Hat Wednesday morning, he hoped to mend the NSA's reputation in the eyes of thousands of the conference's hackers and security professionals.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple has A6-based iPad mini without Retina display in the works  —  Apple is testing a new iPad mini that includes a faster processor but not a Retina display, according to references in the iOS 7 SDK sent to us by a developer.  —  The references were located inside of a hidden file …
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.
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.
App Annie Blog:
App Annie Index - Market Q2 2013: Google Play Exceeds iOS App Store in App Downloads by 10% in Q2 2013  —  Welcome to the App Annie Market Index, where at the end of each quarter, we review the latest download and revenue insights by stores, countries and categories.
Esat Dedezade / Stuff:
EXCLUSIVE: UK Government to outlaw Google Glass for drivers  —  The Department for Transport has acted to ban drivers from using Google Glass - even before Google's smart eyewear launches to the general public.  Stuff has learned that the government department is concerned about the potential …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Toward a More Public Social Network: Facebook Rolls Out Embedded Posts  —  The world's premier social network is beginning to learn the value of publicness.  —  Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will roll out embedded posts, giving users the ability to stick their status updates in pages across the Web, and outside of Facebook.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's upcoming A7 iPhone chip will have Samsung components, code inside iOS 7 reveals  —  While Apple is using an A6 processor for this new iPad mini, developer Nick Frey has shared with us that Apple is also developing a new A7 processor.  A reference to an s5l8960x (likely A7) processor …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Motorola Reveals More X8 Chip Details  —  What the heck is the X8?  Motorola's new processing system powers the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx, and it's anticipated to be under the hood of Motorola's new Moto X, coming tomorrow.  —  The X8 isn't a processor, and it isn't a system-on-a-chip.
Mia Shanley / Reuters:
Music streamer Spotify doubles 2012 revenues after expansion  —  (Reuters) - Music streaming web service Spotify more than doubled revenues in 2012 to 435 million euros ($577 million) as it expanded to new markets and almost doubled its users, documents showed on Wednesday.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Facebook migrates everyone to https connection  —  The social network attempts to protect members en masse by establishing a more secure connection between their browser and Facebook's servers.  —  Facebook said Wednesday that https is now the default standard for everyone browsing its social network …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Lexity, Will Keep E-Commerce App Platform Running But Rebrand It  —  Yahoo has just acquired e-commerce app platform Lexity, a startup founded by former employee Amit Kumar.  Lexity says all services will remain running, but it will eventually be renamed with Yahoo branding.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google gives AT&T the boot, will supply 7000 US Starbucks locations with WiFi starting next month  —  After a brief announcement back in June that it had partnered with Starbucks to offer free, unlimited music through its new Google Play All Access streaming service, Google today announced …

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