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July 31, 2013, 4:25 AM

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AnandTech:
Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4  —  Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC.  Anand bought an international model GT-I9500 while I held out for the much cooler …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Plan to Sell TV-Style Ads for $2.5M Each  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said.
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Now That It's in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality  —  In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don't give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor  —  30 years later and our word processing software hasn't changed, not even to adapt to mobile.  That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a free new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor's new startup.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Surface revenue so far: $853 million  —  Microsoft just filed its annual Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and deep in the filing is the first public disclosure of the company's revenue from its Surface tablet lineup: $853 million.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
OpenTable Begins Testing Mobile Payments  —  OpenTable, the world's largest online reservation service, lets users book a restaurant reservation with its smartphone app or Web site.  Now the company is getting ready to take the next step and let diners pay for the meal with its app, too.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia Shield review  —  Is Android ready for a portable game console?  —  Last summer, I bought an iPad 3.  I convinced myself I'd use it for everything: showing off wedding photos, reading all those neglected articles I save to Pocket, and as a second monitor for my laptop.
Zealous About Great Gadgets:
Google is Rolling Out Invites for Google Glass  —  You might remember the early days of Gmail, when you had to be “invited” by one of your friends to get an account.  Google has done it with several of their emerging products in the past, and other companies have used the same concept …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Demands New Judge in YouTube Copyright Fight  —  An appeals court is primed to review the long-running dispute a second time.  —  After swinging and missing twice, Viacom is telling an appeals court it needs an umpire who isn't blind to YouTube's alleged copyright infringement.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin's Younger Brother Co-Founds A Startup Of His Own: Butter, A Digital Restaurant Menu In A Crowded Space  —  Sam Brin, 26-year old younger brother of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has spent the last few months in a bit of borrowed office space with college pal Jon Li quietly building a startup of their own.
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.
OpenSignal:
Android Fragmentation Visualized  —  Fragmentation is both a strength and weakness of the Android ecosystem.  When comparisons are made between Android and iOS the issue of different API levels, and the vastly different devices running them, is often emphasised.
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog, v2:
On the emptiness in the concept of “neutrality”  —  One of the most frustrating aspects of this report is the role of “neutrality” — especially in light of the criticism MIT makes of the prosecutors reported in the post below.  —  “Neutrality” is one of those empty words that somehow …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
If Facebook Can Profit from Your Data, Why Can't You?  —  If Facebook Can Profit from Your Data, Why Can't You?  —  Reputation.com says it's ready to unveil a place where people can offer personal information to marketers in return for discounts and other perks.  —  WHY IT MATTERS
More: BGRTweets: @schnellerkeller and @anibalcasso
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Zynga quietly launches game on Kik - its first on a mobile chat app?  —  In an update today, Kik, a mobile messenger that claims 60 million users, added the first paid elements to its nascent platform and unveiled a new in-app game from Zynga.  —  Zynga, which first got big by building games …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Privacy Balancing Act  —  Internal Debates Arise Over Using Collected Information and Protecting Privacy  —  In 2011, Google Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale …
More: The VergeTweets: @amir
Evan Rapoport / Google LatLong:
Introducing “Views” - A new way to contribute your 360° photo spheres to Google Maps  —  Wherever life's adventures may take us, our photos help us remember and share the places we care about.  When photos are added to a map, whether they're from your camera or through Street View …
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC  —  Earlier this year it was claimed by several news sources, then quoted again just this month by Google, that the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This assertion comes from a report by market research firm BCN …
Erwin Visser / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available  —  Today, I'm excited to announce that Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for download for customers to start testing the operating system in their environments.  Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview …

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