August 13, 2013, 3:40 PM

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Benedict Evans:
Defending iOS with cheap iPhones  —  Over the last 12 months, Google Android devices have outsold iOS by about 3 to 1.  There are now perhaps 775m-800m ‘official’ Android devices in use, versus perhaps 415m iOS devices.  This is without counting sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire or the (very) …
Vauhini Vara / New Yorker:
How BlackBerry Fell  —  Shares in the Canadian maker of BlackBerry smartphones peaked in August of 2007, at two hundred and thirty-six dollars.  In retrospect, the company was facing an inflection point and was completely unaware.  Seven months earlier, in January, Apple had introduced the iPhone at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Amid BlackBerry's sinking ship, here comes a new BB7 phone with ancient hardware  —  A day after BlackBerry announced that it was considering ways to save its business, including possibly selling off the company, the company is making its baffling product announcement yet.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Carl Icahn Makes a Large Investment in Apple  —  Shares of Apple are rising by more than four percent on word that Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor trying to take over Dell, has made a large investment in the company behind the iPhone and the Mac.
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Norway blocks Apple map flights  —  Oslo (left) is visible in 2D on Apple's map but Danish capital Copenhagen (right) is in 3D  —  Norway's government is refusing to let Apple take aerial photography of the capital city Oslo to create 3D images for its Maps app, reports local media.
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Larry Ellison: Some government surveillance is ‘essential’ to fight terror  —  Ellison also weighed in on his friendship with Steve Jobs and Oracle's litigation against Google in a televised interview  —  Some level of government surveillance is “essential” if the nation is to minimize …
Jathan Sadowski / Wired:
Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes  —  That's it, I'm calling it early: this is officially the “summer of surveillance.”  Especially with the latest news that due to this surveillance, not one, but two, separate companies announced they were shutting …
More: Nextgov and TechSpot
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released  —  After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz's suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial.

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