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August 21, 2013, 10:35 PM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA gathered thousands of Americans' e-mails before court struck down program  —  The National Security Agency unlawfully gathered as many as tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-discontinued collection program, according to a 2011 secret court opinion.
Wall Street Journal:
What You Need to Know on New Details of NSA Spying  —  Today's report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that the National Security Agency's spying tools extend deep into the domestic U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, giving the agency a surveillance structure with the ability to cover …
Matthew Lynley / BuzzFeed:
Yahoo, Foursquare In Talks Over Data Partnership  —  Foursquare sells a lot of ads, but the biggest upside for the location-sharing start-up may be in selling its data.  And sources say Yahoo is interested.  Foursquare, once criticized for not being able to figure out a business, may have finally struck gold deep in its data centers.
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Dave Capra / Facebook Developer Blog:
Embedded Posts Now Available to Everyone  —  We introduced Embedded Posts in July to make it easy for publishers to add any public post from Facebook to their blog or web site.  Today, we're excited to make Embedded Posts available to everyone.  We've also added several enhancements based on feedback from our launch partners.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Yahoo #1 Web Property Again In US, First Time Since Early 2008 [Updated with comScore Statement]  —  ComScore just released its monthly Top 50 US Web properties list today.  I've generally stopped looking at this list.  But it was pointed out to me that Yahoo is back at number one.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Field Trip now ready for Google Glass  —  The Field Trip app for exploring and learning about your surroundings launches a Glassware app for a more hands-free approach to real-world discovery.  —  Self-guided smartphone tours just got a lot more hands-free, as the Field Trip app …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
C is for Choices  —  I have to admit, it was a bit of a thrill breaking the news to the western world of the latest iPhone leak: … Still, it really wasn't anything new (although I did learn the reason for dual flash), and certainly nothing of strategic import. … So let's analyze.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maker Studios Buys Blip, and a Home Outside of YouTube (Update)  —  Maker Studios, one of the biggest YouTube networks, is buying Blip, a video maker and distributor.  —  Blip officials informed their staff of the deal this morning, and it is expected to close in early September.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amid Executive Changes, HP Posts Declining Q3 Revenue Of $27.2B As Its PC Division Weakens  —  Today HP announced its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $27.2 billion, down 8 percent year over year.  The company earned $0.86 per share on a non-GAAP basis.
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks disclosures  —  Bradley Manning's court-martial reached an end today, with Army Colonel Denise Lind sentencing him to 35 years in prison.  The WikiLeaks source, arrested in Iraq in 2010 for releasing nearly 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Telepathy raises $5 million to develop Google Glass rival  —  The Silicon Valley startup uses the funding to hire new engineers for its wearable, programmable computing device.  —  CNET's Scott Stein wearing the prototype Telepathy One headset along with his regular glasses.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft offers classrooms free Surface RT tablets with ad-free Bing for Schools  —  Microsoft's plan to battle Google in the classroom is launching today.  Bing for Schools is a new ad-free version of Microsoft's search service that includes strict filtering and privacy protections designed for schools.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
SmartThings, the “Internet of Things” Company That Connects the Gadgets in Your Home, Launches Its Own Store  —  SmartThings, the connected-home platform that lets you control your lights, your coffee maker and even your door lock from a mobile app, doesn't just want to control them — it wants to sell them, too.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Is Google Ready to Buy Its Way Into TV With an NFL Deal?  —  Here's a fun combination to ponder: The world's most powerful media company and America's most popular sport.  —  That could happen if Google buys the rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package, the all-you-can-eat subscription-TV service currently owned by DirecTV.
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Goldman Invests $40 Million in Salesforce Rival SugarCRM  —  SugarCRM Inc., a maker of sales-tracking software, raised $40 million from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to speed global expansion as it takes on larger rivals Oracle Corp. (ORCL) and Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM)
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Orb Networks shuts down after being acquired by Qualcomm in May  —  Oakland, Calif.-based media streaming startup Orb Networks has been acquired by Qualcomm, and is now winding down its operations in the coming months.  A notice on Orb's home page, first spotted by Engadget …
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Danielle Walker / SC Magazine Australia:
Millions stolen from US banks after ‘wire payment switch’ targeted  —  Three banks plundered with DDoS distraction.  —  Criminals have recently hijacked the wire payment switch at several US banks to steal millions from accounts, a security analyst says.  —  Gartner vice president Avivah Litan …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Its Keep Note-Taking App With Reminders, Location-Based Alerts And Google Now Integration  —  When Google launched Keep for Android and the web a few months ago, it was essentially a basic note-taking application.  Today, the company is launching a major update that turns it into a far more useful application.

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