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August 9, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple's Tim Cook, tech execs meet with Barack Obama to talk surveillance  —  President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance, sources tell POLITICO.
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Asus to manufacture Nexus 10 refresh  —  The largest of Google's three Nexus devices is soon due for a refresh, and it looks like Asus will be the manufacturer this time around.  —  Google's Nexus program is something of a bidding war in the planning stages.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Report: Motorola to produce new Nexus device, will be released in Q4  —  According to a new Google+ post from Taylor Wimberly, who was spot on with his Moto X Phone leaks, Motorola and Google are planning to team up on the next Nexus device.  Wimberly says the device will be released in Q4 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: BlackBerry open to going private, sources say  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is warming up to the possibility of going private, as the smartphone maker battles to revive its fortunes, several sources familiar with the situation said.  —  Chief Executive Thorsten Heins …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Armstrong Confirms “Hundreds” Of Layoffs At Patch, 400 Sites Shuttered Or Partnered Off, And A New CEO  —  We reported yesterday that AOL's hyper-local news service would lose hundreds of employees today, and now we have confirmation from a well-placed Patcher privy to the call …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Twitter #music app gets new ways to discover artists, scans iPhone library for personalized recommendations  —  Twitter updated its Twitter #music iPhone app today with several new ways to discover new artists in addition to personalized recommendations based on the content in your iPhone's music library.
Phone Arena:
New Google Nexus 7 having GPS problems  —  Several owners of the new Google Nexus 7 have resorted to posting on online forums about a problem they are having with their new tablet.  The problem has to do with the GPS system on the slate.  According to one owner of the new Nexus 7 …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Apple faces three major legal showdowns Friday  —  Apple and Samsung continue to their legal squabbles over which company is the innovator and which one is the copycat.  (Park Ji-Hwan / AFP/Getty Images / July 27, 2010)  —  Get your legal scorecard ready.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Silent Circle Preemptively Shuts Down Encrypted Email Service To Prevent NSA Spying  —  “We knew USG would come after us”.  That's why Silent Circle CEO Michael Janke tells TechCrunch his company shut down its Silent Mail encrypted email service.  It hadn't been told to provide data to the government …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Apple to judges: not banning Samsung products would be a ‘fundamental change’ in patent law  —  Long after Apple's victory over Samsung in a patent suit, the two companies met again today in court as a panel of judges decides whether to issue a sales ban on over two dozen Samsung devices.
More: Bloomberg and Macworld
Benedict Evans:
Amazon's profits  —  The problem with Amazon is not that it doesn't make a profit, but that you don't actually know what the profits are.  —  On the face of it, this sounds like an absurd statement - it doesn't make any profits.  After all, look at this chart - massive revenue growth, zero profit.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google Wallet pulling support for gift, loyalty cards  —  A little bit of bad news tonight if you use Google Wallet for gift cards and loyalty cards.  According to an e-mail that just went out, support for NFC redemption of gift cards and loyalty cards will end on Aug. 21.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's Charitable Donations Android App “One Today” Exits Pilot  —  One Today, the charitable giving app Google launched into pilot testing this April, is today publicly available to all Android users in the U.S., the company announced this morning.  The app, sort of like a Kickstarter …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nexus 7 2 release date UK: Asus confirm 28 August  —  The Nexus 7 2, or 2nd generation Nexus 7 as it is also known, will launch in the UK on 28 August, Asus has confirmed to Pocket-lint.  The UK release date comes just one month after the US launch, but ahead of previous suggestions by retailers in the UK...

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