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August 6, 2013, 1:30 PM

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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos  —  The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations.
Jeff Bezos / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos on Post purchase  —  To the employees of The Washington Post:  —  You'll have heard the news, and many of you will greet it with a degree of apprehension.  When a single family owns a company for many decades, and when that family acts for all those decades in good faith …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Nielsen Blesses Twitter's Tale With a New Study: Tweets Really Can Boost Ratings  —  All that Twittering about TV?  It really does boost TV ratings.  —  So says Nielsen, in new study that Twitter executives, among others, will be delighted to see.  —  It's the first research …
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Samsung trademark filing for ‘Galaxy Gear’ hints at smartwatch  —  The evidence keeps piling up for a Samsung smartwatch that has yet to materialize.  Most recently, Dutch site Galaxy Club uncovered a US trademark filing for “Samsung Galaxy Gear” that was published at the end of July.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Gets Allies to Chip Away at Intel  —  Google, Others Join Effort to Break Big Blue's Power Designs Out of a Niche  —  International Business Machines Corp. has enlisted Google Inc. and some other high-tech allies for a collective effort to catapult an IBM chip technology out of a shrinking niche.
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
FreedomPop offers 500MB of free LTE a month, upgrades to Sprint's faster 4G network  —  FreedomPop is a mobile network operator with a pretty crazy business model.  You buy the wireless hotspot or USB dongle, and they provide the internet for free: 500MB of free data every month, with no contracts, activation or cancellation fees.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Following electrocution controversy, Apple to offer USB power adapter replacements  —  Following controversy in recent weeks regarding the safety of counterfeit and third-party USB charging adapters for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, Apple has announced a new trade-in program for these adapters.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YC-Backed One Month Rails Teaches You How To Build Your Startup While You Learn To Code  —  If you build it, they will come.  But what if you don't know how to build it?  —  That was the problem facing Mattan Griffel, founder of a new YC-backed startup called One Month Rails that is launching today.
Thanks:@waqasaday
David Kriesel / D. Kriesel:
Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents  —  Edit: In the last section, it is now sketched that the reason for the issue may be a misconfigured JBIG 2 compression.  —  Edit2, Aug 5th, 1517 CEST: There are first emails coming in by people able to reproduce the error.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Canalys: Samsung and Apple lost smartphone share to Chinese vendors in Q2 2013, India now the third largest market  —  Samsung and Apple managed to grow their smartphone shipments in Q2 2013, by 55 percent and 20 percent respectively to maintain first and second place.  Nevertheless, they both lost share to Chinese vendors.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
TextNow launches IP-based mobile phone service starting at $19 per month  —  Some people are afraid of commitment, and that includes vowing to stick with a carrier for two years.  Thankfully, the list of choices keeps on growing for those who'd rather use contract-free devices …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Square for iOS gets payment recording and tracking, cash management and Bluetooth printer support for iPad  —  Square today updated its iOS app with new features for all of Apple's mobile devices as well as added some iPad-specific improvements.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.

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