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August 7, 2013, 10:15 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Dear Jeff Bezos, Here's What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post  —  While it might seem an awful cliche, the fact of the matter is — if you go back to a time long before the commercial Internet existed, and well before you became so rich that you have $250 million …
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).
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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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.
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).
Alex Colon / GigaOM:
LG G2 vs. Moto X vs. Samsung Galaxy S 4: Battle of the best of Android  —  Last week it was the Moto X. This week it's the LG G2.  Pretty soon it'll be the Galaxy Note 3.  The Android phones just keep on coming, and it's helpful to know how they all compare to one another.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Takes on Twitter by Courting Celebrities, Building Twittery Tools  —  When Channing Tatum wanted to publish the first picture of his new baby in June, he didn't go to People or Us Magazine.  Instead, he posted on his Facebook page.  —  And when Andy Murray won a surprise victory …
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.
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.
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Slashdot founder Rob Malda on why there won't be another Hacker News  —  When I was a computer science student in college, everyone I knew read Slashdot.  Founded in 1997, the site was dedicated to “News for nerds.  Stuff that matters.”  It featured about a dozen short, user-submitted stories about the technology news of the day.
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.
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
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Zoho:
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Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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