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August 14, 2013, 6:10 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 will launch on October 18th, available a day earlier on Windows Store  —  Microsoft continues to finalize its Windows 8.1 update, but the company revealed today that it plans to make it available on October 18th.  The free update will be listed in the Windows Store …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
They don't make Windows like they used to  —  Summary: Microsoft is making the Windows sausage differently these days.  And that impacts everything from how products are tested, to how they're launched and updated.  —  Microsoft announced on August 14 that it will be launching Windows 8.1 on October 18, 2013.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Search Gets More Personal, Now Lets You Find Your Flight Info, Reservations, Photos And More  —  Google today announced a number of search features that make it easier for you to find your own personal information through Google Search.  The search engine can now find information …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Testing Out A New ‘TV Trending’ Box At The Top Of Your Timeline  —  Twitter is betting big on TV, both as a source of traffic and as a potential source of lucrative advertising revenue.  And that's leading the company to test out new ways of bringing even more TV content — and traffic — to its platform.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road  —  An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn't trust instant messaging services.  Forget phones or Skype.  At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship …
More: The VergeTweets: @kashhill
Scott Buscemi / 9to5Mac:
iCloud.com beta updated with iOS 7 design  —  The beta.icloud.com website has been redesigned to match the design of iOS 7.  Removing the linen and other Forstall-era design elements, this is the first display of Apple bringing iOS 7 design elements to the web.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Student Hub Chegg Files for IPO, Aiming to Raise $150 Million; Expands Board  —  Chegg, the startup that began as an analog online book rental service and has itself transformed into a multifaceted digital hub for students, has filed publicly for an initial public offering to raise about $150 million.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Smartphones Finally Overtook Dumbphone Sales Globally In Q2, Android Now At 79%, Says Gartner  —  Analyst Gartner has put out its latest smartphone market report, and the Q2 2013 numbers show the inevitable finally occurred: smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox One launch delayed to 2014 in eight European countries  —  Microsoft originally revealed Xbox One would launch in 21 markets in November, but the company says it's delaying the availability in some European countries.  Eight countries have been hit with a delay to 2014: Belgium, Denmark …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Yes, Gmail users have an expectation of privacy  —  Sending email to Gmail users means you expect Google's servers will process it  —  Consumer groups are up in arms today over a motion Google made in June to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging that Gmail violates federal …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How A ‘Deviant’ Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut  —  Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn't had much time to himself.  —  On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir's lean 45 …
More: The Verge and ValleywagTweets: @nicoleperlrothThanks:@thealexknapp
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Raises Another $25M As It Prepares To Go Public  —  Digital media company Glam Media has raised $25 million in new funding, according to an industry source.  (The company declined to comment.)  —  My source said this is a “top up round” for Glam — in another words …
BBC:
Hacker ‘shouts abuse’ via Foscam baby monitoring camera  —  The BBC has found evidence of hackers sharing information on how to access insecure Foscam cameras via several widely-used forums.  —  Using specialist search engines, people can narrow their results by location.

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