August 26, 2013, 11:20 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company  —  According to sources close to the situation, the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer from Microsoft last week was more sudden than was depicted by the company in its announcement that he would be retiring within the next year in a planned smooth transition.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple  —  Bear with me, I know my premise is ridiculous.  —  Imagine Steve Ballmer was right now the CEO of Apple, with the same set of products and opportunities.  Suspend disbelief about cultural clashes, or organization structure.  Presume Ballmer could set the strategy …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple said to have tested 64-bit 'A7′ chips for iPhone 5S, 31% speed increases reported  —  As Apple's iPhone 5S event approaches, some new details about the new device's internals are emerging.  Clayton Morris has claimed on Twitter that the iPhone 5S's A7 processor is …
steve cheney:
On Apple's A7 Processor  —  There was a rumor today that the iPhone 5S will be powered by an A7 processor which is dual core, 64-bit and 31% faster than the subsystem in the current iPhone 5.  —  While people speculate on the innards of the chip, it's a good time to take a step back and look …
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Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Denial-of-Service Attack Shut Down Chinese Internet on Sunday Morning … Part of the Chinese Internet went down early Sunday morning in what the government is calling the largest denial-of-service attack it has ever faced.  —  The attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed …
DoCoMo Rises on Speculation Carrier to Release Apple IPhone  —  NTT DoCoMo Inc. (9437) rose in Tokyo trading, while rivals KDDI Corp. (9433) and SoftBank Corp. (9984) fell, after a media report suggested Japan's largest mobile carrier may start selling Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone.
Rob Boffard / Ars Technica:
Meet Matt Kruse, the man making Facebook better  —  Around ten o'clock on most nights, Matt Kruse will kiss his wife and two daughters goodnight, sit down in front of his computer and start coding.  It'll be one or two in the morning before he goes to bed.  He works as a Web application developer …
Caleb Garling / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mitchell Kapor seeks to meld business, social good  —  In 1989 the FBI paid a visit to Mitchell Kapor.  The software executive had started a new venture after departing from his first, the pioneering consumer software company Lotus Development Corp., but the visit wasn't about either firm.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sina, China's answer to Twitter, enters the mobile messaging battle with its own app  —  Sina, China's equivalent to Twitter, has jumped on the mobile messaging bandwagon after it began promoting its new app WeMeet, known as ‘Weimi’ in Chinese.  —  WeMeet has actually been around since April …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: A Blogger Mocks the Denizens of Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sam Biddle may have one of the easiest jobs in technology journalism.  That is, easy if you have the stomach for his line of work.  —  Every morning, he wakes up in his Brooklyn apartment, checks Twitter on his smartphone …

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