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August 2, 2013, 5:00 AM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
The Inside Story of the Moto X: The Reason Google Bought Motorola  —  THE PHONE THAT REVEALS WHY GOOGLE BOUGHT MOTOROLA  —  lmost exactly two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.  It was the company's biggest deal ever, far exceeding previous big buys …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Moto X finally official: Motorola X8, 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED, custom finishes, assembled in the USA from $199  —  Well, you've gotta hand it to Motorola — the company has managed to build an unprecedented amount of buzz surrounding what's turned out to be a relatively mundane mainstream smartphone launch.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Leans on Motorola With Moto X, Hardware Push  —  As Google Inc. GOOG +1.86% pushes deeper into hardware, the Internet search giant is pulling Motorola Mobility closer even as it tries to assure device partners that the phone maker won't have an unfair advantage.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Motorola CEO: Don't worry, cheaper Moto X in the works  —  Motorola will have a less expensive Moto X for the U.S. prepaid market and developing markets within a few months, the company said Thursday after the Moto X launch event in New York.  —  A cheaper version of the Moto X will be introduced …
jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Apple Recently Acquired Low-Energy Chipmaker Passif  —  As the smartphone wars heat up, Apple has acquired a key technology in the arms race.  —  The company in recent months purchased Silicon Valley-based wireless chip developer, Passif Semiconductor, according to people briefed on the deal.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Wearables and payments: What Apple might get from its Passif Semi purchase  —  Apple [AAPL] has acquired small semiconductor company, Passif Semiconductor — reading that company's published patents suggests Cupertino may be looking to use Passif's technologies in future wearable and contactless payment solutions.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google  —  In what might be Medium's first widespread Twitter moment, music writer Michele Catalano used the platform to blog details of an unexpected visit to her home yesterday, from six men she identifies as members of the “joint terrorism task force.”
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Is Tumblr Shrinking?  —  Yahoo bought Tumblr because Tumblr has millions of young users.  But are they sticking around?  —  David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, photographs the Nasdaq screen in Times Square after ringing the opening bell, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in New York.  —  Via: Mark Lennihan / AP
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects  —  Law-Enforcement Officials Expand Use of Tools Such as Spyware as People Under Investigation ‘Go Dark,’ Evading Wiretaps  —  Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
LinkedIn Beats Again as Revenue Jumps to $364 Million  —  Another earnings season, another beat from the Internet company that can seemingly do no financial wrong.  —  LinkedIn reported second-quarter earnings results on Thursday, with earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $364 million.
Jeremiah Rice / Android Police:
PSA: The Latest Chromecast Over-The-Air Update (12840) Patches The Bootloader Exploit Used To Obtain Root  —  The Chromecast runs a modified version of Android, so of course modders are all over it like white on rice.  The folks at GTVHacker already gave us a working bootloader hack and root access …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Real-Time API For Analytics In Invite-Only Beta  —  Google today launched the beta of its real-time API for Analytics that will finally allow developers to programmatically take action based on the real-time data they get from Google's service.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Experiments With Its Own Take On Pinterest Called “Amazon Collections”  —  Amazon has quietly launched its own direct challenger to Pinterest with the debut of a feature called “Amazon Collections.”  It's a more attractive, image-heavy website where consumers can save …

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