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August 25, 2013, 4:55 AM

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
On The Symmetry Between Microsoft And Apple  —  I am not a tech industry maven, so I am busy coming up to speed on the implications of the Ballmer resignation.  And what I'm about to say may be obvious to many.  Still, I think it's worth saying: there is, once you look past the surface …
Guy English / kickingbear:
Ballmer's Straight Jacket  —  Steve Ballmer announced today that he will be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft within the next twelve months.  This comes a little over a month since Microsoft announced a massive reorganization which was aimed at breaking down old fiefdoms and setting a new course.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
The Ballmer Product Pipeline Shows a Very Mixed Record for Microsoft  —  Larger-than-life CEO Steve Ballmer will be remembered for a lot of things during his 13-year tenure at Microsoft, but what about the actual products he oversaw?  —  Overall, it is a very mixed bag …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
How Ballmer Missed the Tidal Shifts in Tech  —  By now, you've probably heard: Steven A. Ballmer will soon be stepping down as chief executive of Microsoft.  —  It's supposedly a voluntary retirement, but that holds about as much credibility as a public official's leaving a job “to spend more time with family.”
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography  —  On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.  —  He had just one meeting to go.  —  That meeting was a board meeting …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
No Henry, you need to get real about Yahoo.  Here are the facts  —  For past year or so, there has been a bit of a lovefest around Yahoo, the rapidly aging former web star that has lost the attention and preeminence it enjoyed in the 1990s and early 2000s.  The showers of praise …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 is ready for its October 17th release  —  Microsoft has finalized its Windows 8.1 update.  Sources familiar with the company's Windows plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker completed the development of Windows 8.1 earlier this week — stamped as build 9600 for Release to manufacturing (RTM).
Jennifer Granick / Forbes:
My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander  —  On July 30, 2013, I had the pleasure of having dinner with General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency.  Just a few weeks earlier, NYU Law Professor Christopher Sprigman and I had called the NSA's activities “criminal” …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Alleged Motorola Droid 5 pics suggest the QWERTY slider still lives  —  Fans of hardware keyboards have at least one reason to keep rooting for Motorola's Droid line, and these leaked pics suggest it will continue on.  Posted on Weibo, these supposed Droid 5 pics show a QWERTY slider …
iFixit:
Motorola Moto X Teardown  —  What does $12.5 billion dollars buy you nowadays?  In Google's case, it buys Motorola, Inc. and all of its designs and patents.  Is it what we would have spent the money on?  Probably not, but the result of the acquisition is Motorola's first smartphone …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook isn't making you depressed, but the internet is  —  Status update: the link between Facebook and depression isn't so simple  —  Another day, another “Facebook makes you miserable” headline.  For the last few years, the social network, which now claims nearly 700 million daily users worldwide …
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