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August 3, 2013, 2:45 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Paid $60M to $70M for Rockmelt — Will Dump Browser and Use Tech to Better Deliver Its Media and Mobile Properties  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo paid $60 million to $70 million for social browser startup Rockmelt, with an aim of using its technology to turbocharge its myriad of media and mobile properties.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Hashtag Inventor Chris Messina Leaves Google to Join Small Startup NeonMob  —  Chris Messina, known for bringing the hashtag to social media, has left Google after more than three and a half years.  —  An advocate of open social Web technologies, Messina had first joined Google …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant  —  A Chinese hacking group accused this February of being tied to the Chinese army was caught last December infiltrating a decoy water control system for a U.S. municipality, a researcher revealed on Wednesday.
More: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Why Microsoft isn't going to dump Windows RT  —  Summary: Is there any chance Microsoft is going to do a 180 and dump its Windows RT operating system?  My bet is no, and here's why.  —  In the days following Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, many have been questioning Microsoft's stated plan …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
President Obama vetos Apple iPhone 4, 3G iPad 2 product ban  —  United States President Barack Obama has issued a veto on a potential ban for iPhone 4 and 3G-capable iPad 2 models in the United States.  The news comes by way of a breaking news alert on the WSJ.  —  B
Tweets: @nelus08
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Google Releases 4.3 OTA for HTC One and Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions  —  It's been a busy week in the Android space, and this evening Google appears to have hit the button on the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean MR2) update for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
A month after Google killed its beloved Reader, the market for paid RSS tools is booming  —  Without the search giant strangling the market, will RSS actually evolve?  —  It's been a month since Google Reader shut down, breaking users' hearts and bringing an end to a nearly eight-year run of RSS dominance.
Tweets: @niemanlab
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
University Of California Approves Major Open Access Policy To Make Research Free  —  Good news for fans of the scientific method: the largest and most influential university system on the planet will be giving out its research for free.  After 6-year-long fight with the for-profit academic publishing industry …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
CBS Blocks Time Warner Cable Subscribers From Watching Full Episodes On CBS.com  —  A dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable over retransmission fees for its broadcast content has spilled over onto the web, with a blackout of television programming also being extended to CBS' online properties.

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