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August 15, 2013, 8:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google blocks Microsoft's new YouTube Windows Phone app  —  Microsoft's recently released YouTube application for Windows Phone is being blocked by Google.  In a statement issued to The Verge, Google confirms that the application has been blocked for violating the terms of use.
Jeffrey Meisner / Microsoft on the Issues:
The limits of Google's openness  —  Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone.  Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds.
Reuters:
New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer  —  (Reuters) - The stars may be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.
AllThingsD:
Facebook to Test Its Own PayPal Competitor in Bid to Simplify Mobile Purchases  —  Facebook plans to test a new payments product that would allow online shoppers to make purchases on mobile apps using their Facebook login information, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Microsoft's ‘touch screen’ for any surface goes on sale  —  Prototype technology that turns any surface — a wall, table, or floor — into an interactive touch screen has been years in the making.  Now, anyone can get their hands on the software.  Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Flexes Its Location Muscle, Tests Out Highlights Of Live Events Happening Near You  —  Yesterday we reported how Twitter was testing out a new Trending box for TV programs to run at the top of your timeline; today we've spotted a test for yet another new feature: alerts for live events that are happening right near you.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Releases New App Store Review Guidelines with Updated Rules for Kids Apps, Gambling Apps  —  Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, revising several sections and introducing a number of new rules based on various policies that have been enacted over the last six months.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money  —  Eric Frenkiel is through with convention and conformity.  It was just too expensive.  —  In Silicon Valley, tech startups typically build their businesses with help from cloud computing services — services that provide instant access …
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Aereo CEO: Service will turn a profit before turning in 1M subscribers  —  The upstart online TV service will have a “fabulous” business at 1 million users and an “extremely fabulous” one at 5 million, but registrations need only be in the hundreds of thousands for it to be profitable, its CEO says.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
World's biggest chip equipment manufacturer names Gary Dickerson as CEO  —  Mike Splinter and Gary Dickerson of Applied Materials  —  Applied Materials, the world's largest maker of chip manufacturing equipment, has named Gary Dickerson as president and chief executive of the company.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
SOURCE: Former Zynga Executive Dan Porter Is Working On A Mobile Entertainment Startup, May Partner With Ari Emanuel  —  Dan Porter was the CEO of OMGPOP (the company that made Draw Something) when it sold to Zynga for nearly $200 million in early 2012.  —  Last spring, he left Zynga …
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Syrian Hackers Use Outbrain to Target The Washington Post, Time, and CNN  —  For a brief period on Thursday morning, the Washington Post's website redirected some visitors to a webpage controlled by the Syrian Electronic Army.  In a brief statement, the site didn't indicate how the infiltration occurred …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM Buys Israel/US Cybersecurity Specialist Trusteer For $800M-$1B  —  Another exit for an Israeli enterprise startup and a deeper move into Israel by one of the world's tech titans: IBM today announced the acquisition of Trusteer, a specialist in cybersecurity primarily for financial services.

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