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August 15, 2013, 9:55 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.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds  —  The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited  —  The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government's vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.
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 …
AllThingsD:
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.
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.
Benedict Evans:
App stores, portals and discovery  —  We used to browse Yahoo to discover cool websites. 15 years later we browsed apps stores in the same way.  Neither scaled very well.  —  For those too young to remember, Yahoo started as a hierarchical tree that, theoretically, contained every single website that existed.
Tweets: @mozlabs
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom-Sony TV Is a Big Deal.  It's Also the Same Deal We Already Have.  —  Viacom's deal to deliver its cable TV shows to a new Web video service from Sony isn't final.  —  But it is a big deal: As the Wall Street Journal first reported today, this is the first time a major programmer has agreed …
Wall Street Journal:
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 …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The Next Web sheds key staff amid shift in editorial priorities  —  The Next Web, a leading tech blog, has fired or farewelled five of its top editorial staff in recent weeks as it shifts its editorial strategy to one that depends less on breaking news and more on reviews and analysis.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield's new Slack signed up 8,000 companies in 24 hours  —  VANCOUVER — Not every tech founder can follow up a massive success with another massive success.  But a couple years after a failed gaming endeavor, Glitch, it looks like Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield …
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 …
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.

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Microsoft:
The Carlsberg Group goes ‘GloCal’ with Office 365  —  Denmark-based brewery finds the right balance between working together at a global level and allowing its many strong regional beer brands to flourish.
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
5 New Features in Zoho Sites You Can't Miss  —  Well, these are in continuation with the new features that we have been adding in Zoho Sites for past few months.  We've made those little touches …
Syncano:
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