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August 7, 2013, 6:35 PM

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IDC:
Apple Cedes Market Share in Smartphone Operating System Market as Android Surges and Windows Phone Gains, According to IDC  —  Despite beating Wall Street expectations in terms of shipment volumes, Apple's share in the worldwide smartphone operating system market posted a year-over-year decline during the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13).
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Groupon Names Eric Lefkofsky Permanent CEO;Q2 Revenue Beats Street  —  The Groupon CEO search is over at the man at the top is a familiar one: co-founder Eric Lefkofsky.  —  The company announced today that he will man the job permanently, after being named co-CEO along with Ted Leonsis when Andrew Mason was fired.
Paul Graham:
How to Convince Investors  —  (This is one of a pair of essays on fundraising.  The next one, on fundraising tactics, is coming soon.)  —  When people hurt themselves lifting heavy things, it's usually because they try to lift with their back.  The right way to lift heavy things is to let your legs do the work.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Makes the Biggest Buy of the Tim Armstrong Era: $405 Million for Adap.TV  —  Tim Armstrong hasn't bought anything for a couple years.  Now he has made his biggest purchase since taking over AOL in 2009: AOL is buying Web video company Adap.TV for $405 million in cash and stock.
CBC News:
3 senior BlackBerry executives leaving company  —  Departures come almost 2 weeks after 250 layoffs in Waterloo  —  Almost two weeks after 250 employees were let go from BlackBerry's testing facility in Waterloo, Ont., CBC News has confirmed three senior members of the company will also be leaving.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Quiet Mobile Giant: With 300M Active Users, WhatsApp Adds Voice Messaging  —  WhatsApp, a tiny startup with a very basic idea, boring design and lots of competition, has somehow managed to connect up most of the world.  And that's actually pretty exciting.
David Pierce / The Verge:
LG's new G2: high-end smartphone in the front, button party in the back  —  It left very little up to the imagination, but LG has finally, officially, shown off the G2 smartphone it's been talking so much about.  The G2 is the company's new flagship, the first without the Optimus branding.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Faces Hurdles Attracting First-Time Smartphone Buyers  —  While Apple does extremely well in the global and domestic smartphone markets, they aren't doing as well among first-time smartphone buyers as one might think.  —  A new study paints an interesting picture of the first-time phone buyer and the devices they are choosing.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Bing Weather, News, Sports, and Finance apps now available on Windows Phone 8  —  Microsoft is finally launching a variety of its Bing apps for Windows Phone 8.  After shipping versions for Windows 8, Microsoft's mobile store now includes phone variants of Bing Weather, News, Sports, and Finance.
Tom Vanderbilt / Wired:
The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next  —  If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool Lalo Schifrin soundtrack).
New York Times:
Tech Magnates Bet on Booker in Web Venture  —  The conference room in the Mountain View, Calif., headquarters of LinkedIn was packed with the stars of Silicon Valley.  Top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter gathered around a table; the billionaire Sean Parker looked on from a back row.
Anil Dash:
On Location with Foursquare  —  There's a great, deep story by Austin Carr in Fast Company today giving a broad overview of where Foursquare is headed, as a product and as a company.  I was quoted a few times in the piece, and spent a good bit of time talking to Austin …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
RealNetworks posts $18.5M loss, Glaser still ‘very confident’ in turnaround  —  RealNetworks today posted a loss of $18.5 million for the second quarter, as revenue declined in each of its core businesses.  —  Rob Glaser  —  Co-founder and chairman Rob Glaser, who returned …

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